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A low-growing perennial plant having a woody lower stem.
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(Botany) a small bushy plant that is woody except for the tips of the branches
ˈsubˌshrubby adj
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a plant consisting of a woody, perennial base with annual, herbaceous shoots.
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Noun1.subshrub - low-growing woody shrub or perennial with woody base
darling pea, poison bush - either of two Australian plants of the genus Swainsona that are poisonous to sheep
Amsonia tabernaemontana, blue star - subshrubs of southeastern United States forming slow-growing clumps and having blue flowers in short terminal cymes
periwinkle - chiefly trailing poisonous plants with blue flowers
Aralia nudicaulis, false sarsaparilla, wild sarsaparilla, wild sarsparilla - common perennial herb having aromatic roots used as a substitute for sarsaparilla; central and eastern North America
American spikenard, Aralia racemosa, life-of-man, petty morel - unarmed woody rhizomatous perennial plant distinguished from wild sarsaparilla by more aromatic roots and panicled umbels; southeastern North America to Mexico
Aralia hispida, bristly sarsaparilla, bristly sarsparilla, dwarf elder - bristly herb of eastern and central North America having black fruit and medicinal bark
bloodleaf - any plant of the genus Iresine having colored foliage
Cleome pinnata, desert plume, Stanleya pinnata, prince's-plume - perennial of southwestern United States having leathery blue-green pinnatifid leaves and thick plumelike spikes of yellow flowers; sometimes placed in genus Cleome
California tree poppy, matilija poppy, Romneya coulteri - tall branching subshrub of California and Mexico often cultivated for its silvery-blue foliage and large fragrant white flowers
burdock, clotbur - any of several erect biennial herbs of temperate Eurasia having stout taproots and producing burs
Argyranthemum frutescens, Chrysanthemum frutescens, marguerite daisy, Paris daisy, marguerite - perennial subshrub of the Canary Islands having usually pale yellow daisylike flowers; often included in genus Chrysanthemum
wormwood - any of several low composite herbs of the genera Artemisia or Seriphidium
sage brush, sagebrush - any of several North American composite subshrubs of the genera Artemis or Seriphidium
beggar's-ticks, bur marigold, burr marigold, sticktight, beggar-ticks - any of several plants of the genus Bidens having yellow flowers and prickly fruits that cling to fur and clothing
centaury - any plant of the genus Centaurea
matchbush, matchweed - any of several plants of the genus Gutierrezia having tiny flower heads that resemble the heads of matches
guayule, Parthenium argentatum - much-branched subshrub with silvery leaves and small white flowers of Texas and northern Mexico; cultivated as a source of rubber
American feverfew, Parthenium integrifolium, prairie dock, wild quinine - stout perennial herb of the eastern United States with whitish flowers; leaves traditionally used by Catawba Indians to treat burns
chaffweed, false pimpernel - weedy plant having short dry chafflike leaves
thrift - any of numerous sun-loving low-growing evergreens of the genus Armeria having round heads of pink or white flowers
marsh rosemary, sea lavender, statice - any of various plants of the genus Limonium of temperate salt marshes having spikes of white or mauve flowers
corchorus - any of various plants of the genus Corchorus having large leaves and cymose clusters of yellow flowers; a source of jute
diapensia - any boreal low-growing evergreen plant of the genus Diapensia
loosestrife - any of numerous herbs and subshrubs of the genus Lythrum
deer grass, meadow beauty - any of several plants of the genus Rhexia usually having pink-purple to magenta flowers; eastern North America
St John's wort - any of numerous plants of the genus Hypericum having yellow flowers and transparently dotted leaves; traditionally gathered on St John's eve to ward off evil
false heather, golden heather, Hudsonia ericoides - North American decumbent evergreen heathlike plant with yellow flowers
beach heather, Hudsonia tomentosa, poverty grass - small heathlike plant covered with white down growing on beaches in northeastern North America
Cassia fasciculata, Chamaecrista fasciculata, partridge pea, sensitive pea, wild sensitive plant - tropical American plant having leaflets somewhat sensitive to the touch; sometimes placed in genus Cassia
Cassia tora, Senna obtusifolia, sicklepod - cosmopolitan tropical herb or subshrub with yellow flowers and slender curved pods; a weed; sometimes placed in genus Cassia
tick trefoil, beggar lice, beggar's lice - any of various tropical and subtropical plants having trifoliate leaves and rough sticky pod sections or loments
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In other situations, it grows about 3-5 feet tall as a -- get this term -- "subshrub."
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In the Brazilian cerrado, fire appears to stimulate flowering of the grass and subshrub layers (Munhoz and Felfili, 2005; 2007) but to inhibit the reproduction of woody plants (Hoffmann, 1998; Felfili et al., 1999).
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Plectranthus species are aromatic, perennial subshrub, or succulent shrub ranging from 0.2 m to 5 m tall [1].
The plant can range in size from a subshrub to a small tree and presents a pungent odor, and its stems contain an aqueous bitter latex [21].
This species grows in pine rockland habitat and rockland hammock edges as an upright or sprawling subshrub up to 1.2 m in height, spreading broader than tall.
[2] Artemisia abrotanum its semi-evergreen subshrub in southern europe and hardy perennial in the eastern half of the United states and it reach from 3 to 5 feet in height.
In the Chihuahuan Desert, these grass-dominated communities have characteristic shrub and subshrub components, which following the conventions and descriptions of the U.S.
In contrast, a sympatric congener, Pseudoscymnus pilicrepus, utilizes the eusocial aphid Colophina arma on the subshrub Clematis stans [24].
Lamiaceae is one of the most important family of plant which consist of mixture of herb,shrub, and subshrub. It contain 252 genera and about 6700 species [5].