Z is for Zea – Word Up!

Zea is a genus of plants in the grass family. The best-known species is Zea mays, also known as maize or corn and one of the most important crops for human societies over much of the world.

Y is for Yucca – Word Up!

The Yukka is a popular indoor and outdoor plant, recognisable by its rosettes of evergreen, tough, sword-shaped leaves and large terminal panicles of whitish flowers.

X is for… er… aXil – Word Up!

The internal angle formed between a leaf or its petiole and the stem of a plant.

V is for Viscid – Word Up!

Viscid means covered in a sticky exudation.

U is for Ulex – Word Up!

Ulex (gorse, furze or whin) is a genus of flowering plants in the family Fabaceae.

T is for Tilth – Word Up!

A good crumbly soil structure produced by careful cultivation and soil improvement. A fine ’tilth’ will be level and free of large lumps of soil and stones – ideal for sowing seeds.

S is for Scandent – Word Up!

A term used to describe a plant that scrambles and climbs but which is not self-clinging. An example of this is honeysuckle.

R is for Remontant – Word Up!

Some plants have a second flush of flowers and are termed ‘remontant’. The second display is usually slightly inferior to the first. Lupin is a good example.

Q is for Quilled – Word Up!

Quilled is a term used to describe leaves or petals which are tubular for much of their length.

Word up! P is for Perfoliate

Paired leaves that grow around a stem and are joined at the base so that the stem appears to grow through the centre of a single leaf, for example honeysuckle and juvenile eucalyptus.

O is for Offset – Word Up!

A young plant reproduced asexually by the parent, usually at the base.

N is for Nuciferous – Word Up!

Nuciferous means nut bearing – used to describe plants that form nuts.

L is for Littoral – Word Up!

Derived from the Latin noun litus, litoris, meaning “shore”, the word Littoral is used to describe plants that inhabit the seashore.

K is for Knock Out – Word Up!

The process of temporarily removing a containerised plant from its pot to check the condition of its rootball.