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Botany Quiz: Plants adapted for survival in dry conditions are called what?

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Previous Polls

Paris, IL(Zone 6a)

After joining DG I ran into the word "xeriscaping" and looked it up. Logic helped me to guess correctly.

Morganton, NC

Wow, I got it right! I had xeriscaping in mind,so i thought that made sense!

Taft, TX(Zone 9a)

I don't have a I will have to look up all those names in the dictionary (LOL)

Jacksonville, FL(Zone 8b)

Instead of the dictionary, you can also use the Dave's Garden "Gardenology"










You can add your own definition or enhancement to these terms in "Gardenology," or create a page for the definition of a gardening term that you don't find in "Gardenology."

Dave's Garden: "For Gardeners..... By Gardeners." In other words, if you don't do it, it may not get done. LOL


SW, WI(Zone 4b)

Knew that one from my interest in Xerophytic ferns!

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Definition of europhyte

Search Terms:

Categorized under "General"

Definition as written by Terry:

A plant that is adapted to growing in leaf mould.

Surely, a plant that likes Europe ;-)


Fairfield County, CT(Zone 6b)

We are a smart bunch, aren't we?


Easy but tricky, as epiphytes draw moisture from the air, right, so roots are in air not water; still, tricky tricky tricky, lol~ but i got it right~thank God! lol...

Melbourne, KY(Zone 6a)

Nan, there are xerophytic ferns?? I want some! Please tell me more!

Lumberton, TX(Zone 8b)

(I figured epiphytes were plants that went to the episcopal church...)

(heliophytes... plants that float away if you let go of the string?)

Melbourne, KY(Zone 6a)

ROFL, are we a silly bunch, or what?

Jacksonville, FL(Zone 8b)

Fliteorphyte - a plant with two choices when faced with a confrontational situation


Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

Here's an interesting list of -phytes:

Melbourne, KY(Zone 6a)

What an interesting site! Thanks, Terry!

Hornick, IA(Zone 4b)

Just like gk1153, I knew Xeriscaping, was for dry or arid gardening. So I gessed at the right word. And it matched Wow.


moi aussi!! Got it in 1!!

Wheatfield, NY(Zone 6a)

Me, too. A guess, but an educated one.

(Zone 1)

Woo Hoo ... can't believe I got it right on the first guess! But, in our area I have heard of Xeriscaping for the past ten or so years, so I guess I should get that one right! LOL.

SW, WI(Zone 4b)

Kywoods...Xerophytic ferns are so interesting because they demand moisture at the roots, but prefer their foliage to be dry. Their 'leathery' fronds can take a lot more sun than the 'average' fern.
They seem such an anomaly when one thinks 'fern'.

The common button fern is technically a Xerophytic fern...though many reference books will STILL say that they should be kept in a terrarium and should be misted.

I've got a few books with lots of info...just haven't had time to read 'em lately....try a google search using the'll get lots of info!


My Button fern made it thru the summer here, Vinca at the bottom as ground cover to keep it cool, in temps over 100 degrees throughout the year so far. About 5 hours of early sun every day, is all...

I knew it was Xerophytes.

I've been xeriscaping in some of my flower beds since Spring 2005 because of High Country Gardens!

High Country Gardens is a Watchdog 30 company.

I love their selection of Agastaches, Lavenders, Salvias and all the plants they offer and continue to offer new each catalog (Spring and Fall)

I'm addicted to xeriscaping for some of my garden plants and to HCG!


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Melbourne, KY(Zone 6a)

Thanks Nan and Fernman for the info on the ferns!

Dallas, TX

Sooo what do the rest of them mean?

Mackinaw, IL(Zone 5a)

Probably would have missed this one in my pre-DG days, unless I ran across the term xeriscaping in one of my gardening mags. Just another reminder of how much I've learned here!

Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

Sylvia, I *think* they are all in Gardenology:

At least that was the goal when I put the poll together ;o)

Santa Rosa, CA(Zone 9a)

I knew some of them, but not all. Good to learn these things!

Jacksonville, FL(Zone 8b)

I listed all the DG Gardenology links for each of the terms in my first post above (4th post down in this poll). But maybe the intent was for each person to do their own research and homework and learn how to use the DG Gardenology feature? LOL


Temecula, CA(Zone 8b)

I'm partial to the Francophyte,

I'm assuming it's a plant that will only eat French fertilizer. Very chic indeed.

Calgary, AB(Zone 3a)

Yay. I am an awesome educated guesser :)

Fruitland, ID(Zone 6b)

I guess living in Phoenix for ten years paid off. I knew this one! When water is short, you have a gravel yard with such plants to choose from to landscape with. I do miss some of those plants.

Coos Bay, OR(Zone 9a)

Xeroscape is a word often used now in Gardening Mags and articles these days, so I guessed correctly.

I need some of those Francophytes!

Coos Bay, OR(Zone 9a)

Francophytes?? Gee---I need some zoophytes. Then I could have a phyte at the zoo. But, Franco doesn't phyte. Yikes!! I've been canning too long today.

Taft, TX(Zone 9a)

I first heard the word when I went back to New Mexico State University in '89 in the horticultural department. Thought it was the weirdest concept and so ridiculous............I was soooo wrong!

Wilson's Mills, NC

A LOT of people in NC have been looking into xeriscaping, thanks to the drought that officially "just ended" with Hanna a week ago. As for me, being a language major helps with all of these word roots. As well as being a cactus fanatic (over 50 types of cacti and succulents at home!)

Rosamond, CA(Zone 8b)

I too got 1 right for once and xeriscape did not escape me in guessing correctly.

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