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Ecology
The relationship of plants to each other and their environment.
 
Edging
A line that creates visual interest and separation, for example, between the lawn and an annual border.
Edging plants
Dwarf, compact plants that are used for the front of a border, or for planting along paths or steps.
 
Embryo
The dormant, immature plant within each seed.
 
Endosperm
The food storage tissue within a seed
 
Epiphyte
A plant which grows above ground, attaching itself to a tree or rock.
 
Evergreen
Retaining leaves for most or all of an annual cycle.
 
Everlasting
A plant whose flowers retain some of their color and can be prepared for dried arrangements.
 
Evapotranspiration
Abbreviated as ET, it is the amount of water that transpires through a plants leaves combined with the amount that evaporates from the soil in which it is growing. Used as a guide for how much water a plant needs per day/week/year.
 
Eye
A bud. With perennials, it usually refers to a dormant bud growing on the root. Also the center of a flower.
 
Exotic
Strictly speaking, a plant which is not native to the area, but popularly any unusual or striking plant.

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