Herbaceous plants Identification

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Herbaceous ornamental plants include annuals, biennials and perennials. Herbaceous plants have green stems that are usually soft. During the winter the plant dies back to the ground and regrows from the root crown in the spring. These plants are best identified by their flowers, which tend to be bright in color and quite distinguishable. The shape and arrangement of leaves may also help with identification.

General Identification

The best way to identify a herbaceous ornamental is to wait for the plant's bloom and then use a plant guide to confirm the identification. The "Manual of Herbaceous Ornamental Plants" by Steven M. Still, for example, helps you with plant identification. Most comprehensive plant guides include full color photos of herbaceous ornamental plants.

Monocots and Dicots

You can narrow your identification search by plant family in some cases if you know whether your plant is a monocot or dicot. Observe the plant growth from the planting of its seed. Monocots have one leaf upon emerging from seed. Dicots have two. These original leaves are called embryonic leaves. Many vegetables and annuals are started from seed, and embryonic leaves are visible once they emerge above the soil.


Take note of not only the flower color of your herbaceous ornamental plants, but also how the flowers are arranged on the stem. Campanulas, for example, bloom in a variety of colors but have a common bell-shaped flowers that stack one on top of the other on the stem. Peonies, another herbaceous ornamental, also come in a variety of colors but are identified by tight, ball-shaped buds that open into flowers with multiple layers of petals.


Many herbs are herbaceous ornamental plants. Herbs often do not bloom until late in the season, which means you may have to rely on leaf identification, root structure and even smell to identify the plant. Plants in the mint family, for example, spread via an extensive, knotty root system. Picking a leaf and crushing it between your fingers releases a distinct mint smell.

Info on Talinum

2003-07-03 13:22:27 by pro

Information I gleaned from the USDA plant database: plants.usda.gov/index.html Enter Scientific Name as Talinum
Talinum Adans. - gives you all varieties and maps of where they are present - click on a map to get information for that variety
- Talinum calycinum or parviflorum - most common varieties present in the central states from Texas to Minnesota/Nebraska.
- all varieties native to U.S.
Some common names:
Jewels of Opar (not common but a cool name, no?)
- Herbaceous Perennial, Shrub or Subshrub
- Native to the United States
- Talinum calycinum had a botanical illustration which showed a rhizhome (like an iris)
- Purslane family like Lewisia and Portulaca
- I doubt it is invasive. As a...

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