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Plants, ornamental
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1. Introduction

Like crop plants, ornamental plants are culture plants that are cultivated, bred, and farmed. They serve purposes of cult and aesthetics, for example, the floral decoration of secular and church festivals and gardens,  or adorning interiors, clothing, or the body. The focus with respect to ornamental plants is on their aesthetic qualities (shape, color, scent; see Smell) and symbolism [2. 4]. It is not always possible to sharply distin…

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Schaier, Joachim, “Plants, ornamental”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030775>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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