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die back

Of plants, to die in a manner that retreats inward, leaving only the stems or roots. My plants died back after that period of unseasonably cold weather.
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die back

[for vegetation] to die back to the stems or roots. The hedge died back in the winter but regenerated leaves in the spring. This kind of grass dies back every year.
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die back

v.
To be affected by the gradual dying of plant shoots, starting at the tips and working back, as a result of weather conditions, natural growth cycle, or disease: Aerate the soil weekly when the flowers bloom and until they die back.
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Cut down marginal plants as their foliage dies back for the winter.
The reduction of the lake bed serves to expose the pondweed which in turn dies back.
Although it dies back to the ground in a freeze, 'Luna' revives in the spring, quickly puts out new shoots and leaves, and flowers all summer long.
Poison ivy can be a year 'round threat in many areas and even in places where poison ivy dies back after hard frosts, it can persist throughout the fall and emerge again in very early spring.
Second, after blooming, most of them look pretty tatty as the foliage dies back.
Tie up sprawling foliage as it dies back or hide it beneath surrounding plants, but don't cut it off yet.
The downside of nutrias is its dormancy; it dies back completely during the winter.
It is cold-sensitive, however, and dies back to the ground each winter.
Chris Van Schaack, native plant expert of Tarweed Nursery in Chatsworth, has observed this California native for many years and concluded that it is not a problem at all, that it may put on a lot of foliar growth, but conveniently dies back each winter.