What Exactly is a Garden Rhizome?

Many common garden plants grow from rhizomes — can you tell the difference between these and bulbs, corms, or tubers?

Photograph copyright — Patsy Collins

In common with bulbs, tubers, and corms, a rhizome is a plant’s food storage organ. The rhizome enables the plant to survive whilst dormant. The rhizome is actually a type of swollen stem which is able to produce…




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Patsy Collins

Patsy Collins

Author, gardener, photographer, cake eater and campervanner from the south coast of England.

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