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.

Uses[edit | edit source]

Besides their initial use (such as for their aesthetic value, human consumption, coloring, medicinal use, and so on), plants can can also be used for other things. Examples include:

  • reducing soil evaporation and the providing of shade to other plants and animals
  • work as a ground cover preventing other plants (such as weeds) from 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 (namely, 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 (namely, 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 through microbial activity at the roots (plant-MFC).

See also[edit | edit source]

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