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What Is the Difference Between Flowering & Non-Flowering Plants?

Updated February 21, 2017

Flowering plants makes up a large part of the home landscape, due to their colour and beauty. Non-flowering plants come from a different group of the plant world, but can be equally important in both nature and landscaping.

Flowering Plants

According to Palomar College, flowering plants make up over 90 per cent of the plant world. Flowering plants are part of the Angiosperm or Anthophyta groupings, and produce flowers of different sizes, shapes, colours and numbers to produce their seeds and propagate.

Non-Flowering Plants

Non-flowering plants include plants that don't produce flowers, like ferns, ivies and horsetails. These plants propagate through spores that grow on their leaves, or through shoots that come up from established roots. These plants are generally far simpler, and have a longer history.

Growing Needs

All plants require some consistent growing conditions if they're to grow and thrive, regardless of whether they produce flowers or not. Plants need water, nutritious soil and a given amount of light for their growth and propagation.

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