Botanical Nerd Word: Divaricate

Divaricate: Widely spreading, usually in reference to branching.*

Plants with a divaricating growth habit often appear very ‘full’ as their branches spread widely and intersect with one another. This gorgeous Caryopteris divaricata gets its species name from its branching habit.

*Pell, S.K., Angell, B. (2016). A botanist’s vocabulary: 1300 terms explained and illustrated. Portland: Timber Press.