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Does an annual always die after a season? If I successfully overwinter a plant, does that prove that it is not an annual?

Hi Janet,

No and NO.  I have kept annuals going for 2 years at least.  That doesn't make them biennial. Some plants (like tomatoes for instance), are really perennial, but act like annuals where we grow them.  A Blackeyed Susan (Redbeckia sp) grown in Louisiana might seed and die in one year, but it might act like a perennial in Ohio where it's cooler and live several years.  
In Annuals, the dormant seed is the only bridge between generations.  Perennials propagate themselves by producing bulbs, divisions, etc., as well as seed.


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