What are ornamental plants?

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What are ornamental plants?
« on: 11/08/2010 15:36:57 »
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What are ornamental plants?
« Reply #1 on: 25/08/2010 13:43:18 »
This is only a horticultural term. It applies to any plant which does not have any commercial purpose other than for decoration.

It does not apply to any plant from which any foodstuff is obtained. This would include roses from which rosehip syrup is manufactured.

It would not apply to any plant from which essential oils are distilled, fibres used for materials etc.

Its rather like term 'weed', which is nothing more than a plant in a place you don't want it.

I grow plants such as dandelion, prickly Ox tongue, chicory and hawksbeard. These are to feed my tortoises, so I term them as wild plants, while others would call them weeds.
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What are ornamental plants?
« Reply #2 on: 25/08/2010 19:29:49 »
Any plant grown for its looks is ornamental.
I grow opium poppies because I think they look pretty. Others grow them for opium.
Mine are ornamental; theirs are not.
(incidentally, if you are deliberately growing dandelions etc. then they are not wild.)
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What are ornamental plants?
« Reply #3 on: 30/08/2010 12:09:52 »

(incidentally, if you are deliberately growing dandelions etc. then they are not wild.)

Yep! Walked straight into that didn't I.
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