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    Annual and Perennial Difference

    by Administrator 17. June 2013 14:16

    Difference between an Annual and Perennial Plant

    Chances are, you’ve heard that a flower or plant is either an annual or perennial. But what’s the difference between the two? The difference lies in the plants’ genetics.

    The biggest difference between the two is that an annual plant or flower will live for one growing period and then die, whereas a perennial will regrow and spurt back to life every spring. A perennial, if maintained properly, can (theoretically) last forever. Both types of plants have their place in the garden; it’s completely fine to grow annuals alongside perennials.

    Other Key Differences

    Annuals, as a general concept, don’t grow to be very tall. They stick between 10 and 15 inches, but can sometimes grow 30+ inches in height. Annuals will usually grow to produce many flowers and new blossoms. Well-known annuals include pansies, ferns, begonias and poppies. You can bring your annual plants and flowers inside during the cold seasons and some might continue to live.

    Perennials will either go dormant in the cold weather like trees and shrubs, or they’ll continue to grow (but not blossom). Their genetic structure allows them to persevere in the cold seasons. Popular perennials include baby breath, cattails, chamomile and chives.

    Do you know how to tell an annual from a perennial? Tell us about it in the comments section below!