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Plants are living organisms of the kingdom Plantae. They can be divided in ornamental plants and crops. Plants can be cultivated with or without land.


Besides their initial use (ie for their esthetic value, human consumption, coloring, medicinal use, ...), plants can can also be used for other things: ie

  • reducing soil evaporation and the providing of shade to other plants and animals
  • work as a ground cover preventing other plants (ie weeds) of growing on that location
  • forming attractive and fragrant flowers and leaves: these can be pleasing to people, and stimulate local biodiversity (attract/maintain pollinators)
  • some plants can do the opposite: the repelling of certain insects and some larger animals
  • some plants act as companion plants: these plants can stimulate the growing of other plants
  • some plants (ie tall and strong plants, thorny plants) when placed in a row (hedge) can be used to deny (or reduce) access to a space behind it, increasing safety
  • some plants (ie densely growing plants) when placed in a row (hedge) can be used to act as a windbreak and/or reduce vision of a space behind it (the latter increasing privacy)
  • enriching the soil, through nitrogen fixation, organic matter or encouraging soil organisms
  • reducing soil erosion
  • generate electricity trough microbial activity at the roots (plant-MFC)

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