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Allium caeruleum

Blue Allium

Cornflower blue flowers in dense clusters to 2 in. across on 1–2-ft.-tall stems. Late spring blo...

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Allium cristophii (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)

Allium cristophii

Star of Persia

Distinctive plant, with very large clusters (6–12 in. across) of lavender to deep lilac, starlik...

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Allium giganteum (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)

Allium giganteum

Giant Allium

Summer bloomer bearing spectacular softball-size clusters of bright lilac ­flowers on stems to 5 f...

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Allium schoenoprasum (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens

Allium schoenoprasum

Chives

Plant forms clumps to 2 ft. high (usually shorter) of dark green leaves that look grasslike but are ro...

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Allium sphaerocephalon

Drumsticks

Tight, dense, spherical red-purple flower clusters top 2-ft. stems in summer. Spreads freely.

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Allium tuberosum (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)

Allium tuberosum

Garlic Chives

From Southeast Asia. Clumps of gray-green, flat leaves 1/4 in. wide and 1 ft. long or less. Abundance ...

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Allium unifolium (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)

Allium unifolium

California native. Satiny, lavender-pink flowers on 1–2-ft. stems in late spring. Spreads freely...

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Alnus glutinosa

Black Alder

Native to Europe, North Africa. Probably best as multistemmed tree; grows moderately quickly to 7...

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Alnus rhombifolia (photo courtesy of Doreen L. Wynja)

Alnus rhombifolia

White Alder

Native along streams throughout most of California’s foothills except along the coast; mountains...

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Alnus rubra (photo courtesy of Mark Turner)

Alnus rubra

Red Alder

Native to stream banks and marshy places from Alaska south to Northern California; usually found in ar...

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Alocasia x amazonica

African Mask

Leathery, deep bronzy green leaves to 16 in. long have wavy edges and heavy white main veins. Plants m...

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Aloe arborescens (photo courtesy of Kimberley Navabpour)

Aloe arborescens

Torch Aloe

Forms a large, rounded shrub, to 10 ft. tall and wide. Branching stems carry big clumps of gray-green,...

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