One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant whose growth dies down annually but whose roots or other underground parts survive.
- ‘Mint and lemon balm, for example, are herbaceous perennials that die back every winter and expand their growth footprint every warm season.’
- ‘A herbaceous perennial, this plant dies back at the end of summer and remains dormant until late winter when leaves gradually begin to break through the surface of the soil and unfurl.’
- ‘Eggplants are attractive, tender herbaceous perennials normally grown as annuals.’
- ‘Shaped boxes, standard bays, grasses, herbaceous perennials and ground-cover shrubs can be used in traditional or contemporary settings.’
- ‘All of these plants thrive as shrubs in my zone 7 Georgia garden; in colder climates, they survive as herbaceous perennials, dying back to the ground in winter.’
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