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What is a Subshrub?

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You may have heard the word "subshrub" used to identify certain plants. Just what are subshrubs though?

One way to classify plants is whether they have soft herbaceous growth or hard woody growth. Subshrubs are unique in that they have characteristics of both herbaceous and woody plants. Their base is woody, while they produce new herbaceous growth during the primary growing season. Many herbs fall into this category.

Examples of subshrubs include:

  • Sunset Hyssop
  • English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • Sage (Salvia officinalis)
  • Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)
  • Deerwood (Lotus scoparius)
  • Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

Another name for this type of plant is semi-shrub.

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