Glossary of Gardening Terms: A - ZC
Descriptions of common gardening terms and phrases…
Akaline soil type
Describes a soil or compost that has a high pH value (above 7 on the pH scale) Certain plants prefer calcareous soil or compost. e.g. Pulsatilla.
Flower part at base of petals
Part of the flower, at the base of the petals, often in a whorl arrangement of petal-like sepals.
Green leaf pigment responsible for photosynthesis
The green pigment in the leaf that absorbs the sunlight for use in photosynthesis.
A plant that produces naked seeds
The term conifer is used to describe a plant that produces naked seeds, usually on the scales of cones. Conifers are also usually evergreen trees or shrubs.
A stem storage organ
A type of storage organ for storing food for the plant similar to a bulb but consisting of a modified stem or stem base. e.g. Cyclamen.
A variety of cultivated plant
The word CULTIVAR is derived from the two words CULTIvated and VARiety. A cultivar is a cultivated plant having unique characteristics that distinguish it from others of the same species. These characteristics were developed under cultivation and remain when the plant is propagated.