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A low-growing perennial plant having a woody lower stem.


(Botany) a small bushy plant that is woody except for the tips of the branches
ˈsubˌshrubby adj



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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Topiary is the horticultural practice of training perennial plants by clipping the foliage and twigs of trees, shrubs and subshrubs to develop and maintain clearly defined shapes, whether geometric or fanciful.
For the stems, branches were analyzed from the apex to thickened regions corresponding to the woody portion of the branches (in the case of subshrubs, shrubs, treelets and trees), or stem axes were analyzed in their entire extension (in plants with caulirosula habit).
The vegetation consists of typical cerrado, characterized by a discontinuous canopy layer up to 5 m high and a more or less continuous ground cover of herbaceous plants and subshrubs (Ribeiro and Walter, 2008).
While woody life forms include 20 species (4%) of subshrubs, 15 (3%) shrubs, three (0.6%) cactus, and one tree (0.2%).
Ferns (Driopteris filix-mas and Athyrium filix femina) and subshrubs (Rubus spp.) were included in forbs, and shrubs (Rosa canina, Sambucus spp.) were included in deciduous trees.
They are low-growing herbs and subshrubs, reaching heights of 15-50 cm.The leaves are 1 to 3 cm long, with white to pale pink-violet flowers forming in whorls on the stem.
The Seasonal Deciduous Forest (SDF) consists of dense, 12 to 15 m trees forming a closed canopy whose understory includes abundant shrubs and climbers, with grasses and subshrubs on rocky outcrops.
Other shrubs and subshrubs, such as Diospyros texana, Jefea brevifolia, and Leucophyllum frutescens appeared to decline in cover by 2014, but these changes were not statistically significant.
Dynamics of wetland and upland subshrubs at the salt marsh-coastal sage scrub ecotone.
Individual chapters are devoted to shrubs and subshrubs, succulents, perennials, bulbs and ephemerals, and a wide variety of other related subjects.