Difference In Annual And Perennial - Knowledgebase Question

Olathe, KS
Question by auntmookey
August 6, 1999
What is the difference between a perennial and an annual?


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Answer from NGA
August 6, 1999

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An annual plant is one that grows, flowers and sets seeds all in one season. Then it dies. A perennial is a plant that lives for two or more years, growing, flowering, and setting seeds. Some perennials are woody, meaning their tops remain even during the winter months. Other perennials are herbaceous, and their tops die down in the winter but new stems and foliage appear the following spring. Many annuals self-sow and you may have new plants coming up the following spring in a bed that was growing annuals the previous year. Hope this clarifies things for you!

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