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New Perennial Flower Seeds for 2018

The Difference Between Annual Plants and Perennials

Thus the difference between annual plants and perennials. For perennials usually don't produce flowers their first year (grown from seed) but make up for it by flowering more than 1 year. That is, they have a longer life cycle.

Some plants that are perennials in their native (e.g., tropical) lands are treated as if they weren't in colder regions.

Here, one might say that usage trumps botany. E.g., lantana plants are, technically, perennial, but they're treated as annual plants in regions far to the north of their ancestral home -- regions too cold for them to complete their life cycle.

Some folks understand this distinction but still have trouble remembering the terminology. If you can't ever seem to remember which is which, use the following as a mnemonic device:
•The root in both words, "annual" and "perennial" (i.e., per-annual) is the Latin word for "year," annus
• Annual plants are thus those that last but a year in their native climate.
• Perennial plants have something extra: that "per" in their name. The per- prefix in Latin intensifies or adds to what comes after it. So perennials live additional years, when compared to annual plants.