Herbaceous Plant Identification

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Herbaceous Plant Identification
Geraniums are among the large group of colourful herbaceous plants. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Herbaceous plants, or plants with soft, green stems and minimal or no wood growth, are good choices for gardens and landscape decor. There are hundreds of herbaceous varieties, and the plants are generally easy to tend, according to the University of Missouri.

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Colour

The array of colours characterising herbaceous plants are legion. Ornamental kale, which has curly, purple leaves, is an edible plant that thrives well in cool seasons. Sweet alyssum flowers have deep-green leaves, accented by small, vivid white flowers with golden centres. Flowers with a red or pink hue include the geranium, which produces red, deep-pink or salmon-coloured blooms.

Size

Herbaceous plants, such as marigolds that have bright-yellow flowers and large leaves, grow up to 18 inches and are commonly used as edging plants. Red yucca extends their deep-purple or maroon blooms up to 4 feet, making them immediately noticeable.

Soil and Sun

Herbaceous plant types require different amounts of sunlight and specific soil conditions for optimum growth. Pansies, which have brightly coloured flowers and ovate-shaped leaves, need full sun and moist soil to grow. Vinca periwinkle flowers thrive in partial sun and grow in dry soil.

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