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Aloe vera (photo courtesy of Laura Dunkin-Hubby)

Aloe vera

Medicinal Aloe

Clustering rosettes of narrow, fleshy, stiffly upright leaves to 1–2 ft. long. Yellow flowers in...

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Aloysia citrodora (photo courtesy of Thomas J. Story)

Aloysia citrodora

Lemon Verbena

Native to Argentina and Chile. Legginess is its natural state; this is the herb that grew like a gangl...

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Alpinia zerumbet (photo courtesy of Claire Curran)

Alpinia zerumbet

Shell Ginger

From tropical Asia and Polynesia comes the grandest of gingers (to 8–9 ft. tall and 3–4 ft...

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Alstroemeria aurea

Evergreen. Grows 3–4 ft. tall, with numerous leafy flowering stems topped by yellow, orange, or ...

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Alstroemeria ‘Tall Pink’ (photo courtesy of San Marcos Growers)

Alstroemeria hybrids

Peruvian Lily

These evergreens include series such as Meyer, Premier, Inca, and Princess (which is particularly comp...

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Alstroemeria psittacina

Odd looking rather than beautiful. Flowering stems to 2 1/2 ft. tall are crowned by a few dark red flo...

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Alternanthera ficoidea (photo courtesy of Ball Horticultural Co.)

Alternanthera ficoidea

Joseph’s Coat

This unique foliage plant, native from Mexico to Argentina, grows 6–12 in. high and spreads vari...

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Alyogyne huegelii ‘White Swan’ (photo courtesy of Laura Dunkin-Hubby)

Alyogyne huegelii

Blue Hibiscus

Australian native hardy to about 23°F/–5°C. An upright grower, to 4–8 ft. tall and...

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Alyssum montanum (photo courtesy of Jerry Pavia)

Alyssum montanum

Grows to 8 in. high and 1 1/2 ft. wide, with gray leaves and dense, short clusters of fragrant yellow ...

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Alyxia oliviformis

Alyxia oliviformis

Maile

A Hawaiian native, this plant is found in various habitats—dry to wet, sea level to high elevati...

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Amaranthus caudatus (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)

Amaranthus caudatus

Love-lies-bleeding

A sturdy, branching plant 3–8 ft. high and 1 1/2–3 ft. wide. The light green leaves can re...

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Amaryllis belladonna

Amaryllis belladonna

Naked Lady

Native to South Africa. Performs best in areas with warm, dry summers. Bold, straplike leaves form clu...

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