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The harm potential for overgrown perennials is largely cosmetic, but in a severe enough case it is possible for it to become a health issue. When perennial plants with shared root systems, such as Astilbe, Hostas etc. become very large the center of the plant may begin to wilt, decline or even die out completely. The easiest fix for the problem is to divide ...


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Consider blueberries, raspberries, blackberries. Blueberries need acid soil, and probably are good deer browse, so I'd do raspberries or blackberries first. I particularly like the "gold" or "yellow" varieties, because birds don't recognize them as food.


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That's a freesia, a group of iris-relatives. Due to their interesting flower shape, strong scent and comparatively low "fussyness" they have been cultivated and hybridized a lot over time. They come in a wide range of colours and sizes. Many of us will know them as cut flower where they contribute scent and visual interest to bouquets; because the ...


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That looks like fine root hairs on the hypocotyl of a normal , healthy seedling still in the cotyledon stage. These root hairs greatly increase the surface area of the root and are thought to aid in nutrient absorption, anchorage and microbial interactions. Edit: It does look like the root has pushed the seedling out of the medium though (maybe they are ...


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First, there are lots of 'Thymes'. But the most common culinary thyme is Thymus vulgaris. It's a small perennial woody shrub or subshrub (having only some woody stems, near the base), native to the Mediterranean region. Most cultivars are quite hardy and easy to grow. They prefer dry conditions, but will tolerate areas with a bit more moisture if given ...


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(This answer is a summary of my own research and other answers to my question. Thanks for the help.) A few notes: All plants listed below are perennial unless otherwise noted. Interestingly (I guess it should have been obvious) a number of "weeds" fit the criteria quite well... I've noted "forage" below for some items because there will be sheep, chickens, ...


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It looks like an Aglaonema, commonly called a Chinese Evergreen. Their leaves come in a range of different variegation, so while the picture on the Wikipedia page doesn't look very much like yours, an image search shows several that are closer. This plant looks like the leaves have been scorched by the sun, and it may not have been getting enough water (...


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Asarum canadense,canada wild ginger. Positive Id can be confirmed on the flowers of which two are just visible at the base of the stem. Relatively common to most of eastern North America. In my garden not a delicate wildflower but a slowly spreading groundcover that is fairly tough in hot and dry conditions as long as the soil is fairly rich pollinated by ...


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The plant pictured is Persicaria virginiana 'Painter's Palette'. The mottled green and white variegation, the leaf shape, and especially, the reddish chevrons make the identification unmistakable. The alternate leaves and stem appearance reinforce the id. The plant will grow in full sun if it is provided adequate water, but is happier in part-shade. It is ...


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Day lilies are perennial, yes but they are not A perennial. The group of plants called Perennials are grouping plants that share the same root structure. That's like Mums and montauk daisies. Daylilies are actually in the bulb group. Each Daylily is its own independent bulb. Now, bulbs also can benefit from being split by giving them more room to divide ...


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Well they're Yucca - I think they're Yucca flaccida rather than Yucca aloifolia (Spanish Bayonet) because the outermost leaves appear to be flopping outwards rather than remaining upright. Although I can't see any filaments dangling from the edges of the leaves, if there are lots of them, then its Yucca filamentosa. Pic of Yucca flaccida in the link below ...


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It happens occasionally - not uncommon in chilli pepper, tomatoes and cannabis plants. It doesn't seem to confer any advantage and usually, the seedling continues to grow normally, with two true leaves when they appear, although occasionally, three true leaves appear and you get a more branched plant, albeit usually slower growing and not so tall. Just one ...


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Monarda (bee balm) likes damp, enriched soil, but also likes a lot of sun. They often don't flower in their first year, but I'd have expected flowers in its second year, certainly. If it dries out frequently, you may not get flowers, and depending on which variety you're growing, it might not be getting enough sun. If the soil it's growing in is poor and ...


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This looks like Ajuga reptans or bugleweed. It has many cultivars and changes its habit depending on the environment. It is six inches tall when in flower. For the rest of the year it is just a few inches high. This plant does not taste good to deer but is considered invasive in parts of North America. If it starts getting out of hand you can pull it out ...


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I don't know of a list of plants for Oklahoma, but I'll tell you how we achieved the criteria you listed for flowers. Drive around in the spring (we're in a rural area), notice what is flowering in the ditches on the side of the road. Dig up some of those plants, bring them home and plant them. Here, some of the early blooms are from the lupines. (Obviously ...


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Firstly, most grasses won’t do well indoors, so you’ll probably have to go along with a look-alike. Secondly, I don’t have edibility info on the plants I will recommend. Do not ingest any parts of those plants until you have it from a reliable source that the part is edible. The plants listed below should last indefinitely with proper care, rarely need ...


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Annual means that the plant has a full life cycle (seed-to-seed cycle) in at most one year. It will germinate, bloom and die that year. This is not a calendar year per se. Some species germinate in autumn, survive through the winter and bloom next spring. A good example is the French Marigold. A biennial plant takes two years to complete it's life cycle. ...


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The term you are looking for is perennial, describing plants that can live for many years. Your rosemary, thyme and peppermint fall in that category. Of these, rosemary is the most frost-sensitive, but hardyness varies somewhat between cultivars. Note that rosemary originally comes from the Mediterranean with it's mild winters. I am a bit pragmatic when ...


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Nothing lasts forever.The term perennial simply means a plant that will last for more than 2 years. That can mean 3 years that can mean 50 years or more. As the plants age they can lose their ability to produce the same quantity or quality of fruit. Perennials don't live forever. They do eventually die or lose their ability to produce. For example ...


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That is a very broad question - and there probably is no "one fits all" answer. I personally tend to leave most them alone in fall for four reasons: decorative purposes Many "spent" plant parts look spectacular when covered in frost and snow and give texture to borders that would otherwise look plain and empty. Some gardeners prefer the "clean" look, ...


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If you have soft soil around the plants that are being eaten, you can figure out what the animal is by looking at the tracks left behind -- the difference between a rabbit and a deer will be obvious. Height is another differentiator. Groundhogs, for example, are unlikely to eat the tips of the branches of your apple tree that are 4' off the ground. Voles ...


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Usually when I see button chrysanthemums (the most common kind) and Michaelmas daisies (Asters) labelled as annuals, which they are not, it's because they've been treated with carvacrol (C6H3CH3(OH)(C3H7)) or phosphon-D (tributyl-2, 4-dichlorobenzylphosphonium chloride), or a similar dwarfing agent. Of course, this treatment doesn't last forever, so when ...


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Liriope muscari is rather challenging to grow from seed. For one thing, the pulp contains phenolic compounds which inhibit germination, so the seeds must be cleaned well before use. Seeds also have a morphological dormancy because the embryo is not fully developed when the fruit ripens, so a period of warm stratification is required to complete maturation. ...


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Assuming the new ones you're seeing are fairly small, obviously new plants, then you've been lucky - this plant produces seed and it comes true from seed, so if you left the seed pods in place, they've opened and been dispersed (the seeds are often carried by ants, believe it or not), then germinated and grown where they've landed. Just means the ants either ...


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It's listed as an annual many places because any amount of frost is likely to be fatal to an unprotected plant. Fortunately, in your zone frost is not really a certainty. If the winter is on the mild side (for your climate) your coleus could probably make it through unprotected. If you make an effort to shelter the plant; coverings, mulching around the ...


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This is Hepatica nobilis (also Anemone hepatica). It grows on forests. An other name is Hepatica triloba because of the form on leaves. [And there is also a Vinca minor]


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Sedum spectabile - there's more than one pink variety, and one with darker more reddish flowers called 'Autumn Joy'. It's an herbaceous perennial, hardy, and the flowers are popular with some butterflies. Common name Ice plant (Sedum spectabile).


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This is Galanthus nivalis and it grows from perennial bulbs, that's why it comes back every year. If you want it to spread, separate the bulbs every few years. If you want to get rid of it, dig out the bulbs and cut the leaves as early as possible for the ones that you miss when digging out.


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This is Gaura lindheimeri. The white cultivar is probably "Whirling Butterflies" and the one with the darker red flowers is likely to be "Siskiyou Pink". I have grown them both. They tolerate heat and drought but will not take poor drainage in the winter. If you have clay based soils a raised bed with a freer draining soil will help.


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That could be Mexican Petunia. The flowers are usually purple or pink but also exist in shades of blue and white.


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