Potted plant plastic label icon

Nearly every potted plant in a nursery or garden center comes with one — a little plastic label tucked into the pot with an icon on it that lets you know what level of sun exposure the plant needs for optimal performance.

Nearly every potted plant in a nursery or garden center comes with one — a little plastic label tucked into the pot with an icon on it that lets you know what level of sun exposure the plant needs for optimal performance.

It’s certainly a tribute to the horticulture industry that so many plant lines have been developed to provide gardeners with a wide array of options for a wide array of design possibilities. The labels on potted plants provide much valuable information for the gardener including common name, botanical name and reasonably accurate plant dimensions at maturity as well as helpful planting and care information.

Dr. William Johnson is a horticulturist with the Galveston County Office of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System. Visit his website at aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston.

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