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definition of herbaceous perennial?

Posted by txsummer z8 TX (My Page) on
Fri, Aug 5, 05 at 2:31

Can anyone tell me what is the def. of herbaceous perennial? I see some plants (like rangoon creeper) being labeled as that for Houston, but don't understand what it means.


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RE: definition of herbaceous perennial?

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a MI (My Page) on
    Fri, Aug 5, 05 at 7:11

It would be a plant that is capable of persisting for at least three annual growth cycles & that does not become highly lignified (woody). In most US zones, it would be a plant with fleshy stem parts that dies back to the ground in winter.

Al


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RE: definition of herbaceous perennial?

Thanks again for your help Al! I'll be a little more assured that non-indigenous plants (rangoon creeper to TX) will perform like a perennial. Just wanted to make sure, because I don't want to have to replace the plant every year.


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RE: definition of herbaceous perennial?

"herbaceous perennial" just describes a plant's manner of growth, not necessarily its hardiness. While Quisqualis IS technically a perennial, it is a tropical perennial and may behave like an annual in colder climates. It is listed only as hardy to zone 9 so your success with overwinering it could be iffy.


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