What is a Forb?

A Forb is a herbaceous or non-woody plant that is not a grass, sedge, or rush (graminoids), so practically all wildflowers fall into that category.  “Wildflower” is a loose term in itself and could be said to include roses, which are a woody plant.  Sometimes we throw terms around without even thinking, and eventually, they come to mean multiple things, or the definition becomes fuzzy. Hopefully, this little post clears up the definition.

Forbs in a sedge meadow

Forbs such as goldenrods, thistles are surrounded by Tussock sedge (Carex stricta), a non-forb.

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