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Habit

A normal custom of an individual or group. Habits greatly influence economic behavior at both the micro- and macro- levels. For example, one may develop the habit of only shopping at certain stores, whether or not they have the best products or prices. Likewise, the majority of farmers in a country may only grow certain crops, whether or not those are the best for the land or the market. Habits may be positive or negative, and are often both, depending on one's perspective.
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It takes several years to build the right shape, but once a habit of growth is established, it only needs regular pruning once a year.
I am attracted to a plant I have never heard of - it is called purple prairie clover (Petalostemon purpurea) and has a fan-shaped habit of growth, much like a peacock's feathers or Queen Elizabeth's crown, each stem terminating in a long purple inflorescence.
The big question with most mints is how to control them - their normal habit of growth is to spread sideways by vigorous rhizomes, which then produce the tall, annual stems from which we harvest the foliage.
As there are numerous named cultivars, each one special and it is impossible to generalize as to their flower form, colors, and even habit of growth.
It's winter when evergreens come into their own and the neat arrangement of leaves and a tight habit of growth make hebes invaluable.