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What is a perennial plant?

Definition of Perennial: There are two ways to define the term perennial plant, a botanists definition of perennial and a gardener's definition. A botanist defines a perennial flower as a plant whose life cycle is more than two years. Plants can be classified as either annual, biennial, or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycle in a single year and then die of old age. Biennials take 2 years to complete their life cycle. Perennial flowers take more than two years to complete their life cycle. For a gardener, the perennial vs annual issue also takes into account the weather tolerance of a plant and the perennial definition means, a plant that survives the winter in my garden and comes back every year. For a gardener in Minnesota, a calla lily is an annual because it cannot tolerate the cold Minnesota winters, but in southern Florida, a calla lily is a perennial flower because it will live for many years. Perennial plants can be further divided into woody perennials like a tree or shrub and herbaceous perennials (not-woody) like peony or trillium. Plant Delights Nursery specializes in herbaceous perennials but we sell a few woody perennials too. We focus on perennial flowers that are winter hardy in the southern US (zone 6 and warmer) but we grow many perennial flowers that are cold tolerant in zones 3, 4, or 5. Below is our complete perennial flowers list...A to Z.



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