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I first created this site back in 1998 to document the wild plants that I encountered.  But it has grown into a clearinghouse of information on landscaping, backyard birds, butterfly gardening, plant identification and making paper from plant fiber. After leaving Kansas, I thought of deleting the site. But realize it has a wealth of information that people rely upon.

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ID Guide Plant Lists

Use these quicklinks to browse the groups of plants. A list of plants is provided that meet each definition.

Woody plants

These are plants that always produce woody above ground growth. They are our trees, shrubs and woody vines.

  • Trees Trees are woody perennial plants, usually with a single trunk, relatively tall
  • Shrubs Shrubs are woody perennial plants with multiple stems, generally shorter than a tree.
  • Vines Vines are either woody or herbaceous plants that climb or sprawl.

Herbaceous plants

These are plants that only produce herbaceous above ground growth. Forbs are herbaceous non-grass-like plants. Generally they are considered broadleaf plants.

  • Grasses and Grass-like Grasses are herbaceous plants with narrow leaves originating at the base of the plant. Grasses are graminoids.
  • Perennial Forbs Perennials are herbaceous plants that live three or more years
  • Biennial Forbs Biennials are herbaceous plants that live two years, flowering the second
  • Annual Forbs Annuals are herbaceous plants that live only one year

Special Plant Lists

Trees and Srubs
Grasses and Grass-like Plants
Herbaceous Wildflowers

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