All plants are living organisms of the Kingdom Plantae, and they are everywhere. About 350,000 species of plants are estimated to be in existence, of which approximately 287,655 species have been identified. The existence of outdoor plants is essential for the existence of human and animal life on the planet.
Plants fall into several classifications. Trees, shrubs and grasses make up a large group with a variety of species in each kind. Other classifications include land plants, ferns, algae, mosses and fungi.
Swiss botanist Carl Linnaeus was responsible for establishing the binomial classification system, the formal system of naming the species which includes all outdoor plants.
Outdoor plants are beneficial to the environment as well as human and animal life. They provide oxygen, food, shelter and clothing. Some plants even have medicinal value.
Outdoor plants need sun, water and nutrients to survive.
Most outdoor plants reproduce through seeds. Plants can also multiply through bulbs, rhizomes, spores, tubers, corms, buds, cuttings and grafts.
Some outdoor plants are beautiful but dangerous. Buttercups, chrysanthemums and morning glories are a few of these dangerous garden beauties. Recognizing the name and characteristics of dangerous plants can help you create a safer environment for children and pets.
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