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Agave weberi (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)

Agave weberi

Weber Agave

Big, dramatic plant, to 5 ft. high and 10 ft. wide, with wide, fleshy, gray-green leaves that are fine...

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Ageratum houstonianum ‘Dondo Blue’ (photo courtesy of Kimberley Navabpour)

Ageratum houstonianum

Floss Flower

Native to Central America, West Indies. Easy-to-grow, dependable plants that bloom in summer and fall;...

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Agonis flexuosa ‘Jervis Bay Afterdark’ (photo courtesy of San Marcos Growers)

Agonis flexuosa

Peppermint Tree

One of the best small trees for California gardens where temperatures stay above 27°F (–3&de...

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Agrostemma githago (photo courtesy of Thomas J. Story)

Agrostemma githago

Corn Cockle

An attractive weed of roadsides and grain fields, this Mediterranean species has naturalized in North ...

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Creeping bent

Agrostis stolonifera

Creeping Bent

Premium lawn, but requires the most care, including frequent mowing to 1/2 in. tall with special mower...

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Ajania pacifica (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)

Ajania pacifica (Chrysanthemum pacificum)

Gold and Silver Chrysanthemum

This species from central and eastern Asia has been known by various botanical names over the years, i...

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Ajuga reptans

Ajuga reptans

This popular groundcover spreads quickly by runners, making a mat of dark green leaves in the basic sp...

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Akebia quinata (photo courtesy of Monrovia)

Akebia quinata

Fiveleaf Akebia

Native to Japan, China, and Korea. Twines to 15–30 ft. Grows fast in mild regions, more slowly w...

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Albizia julibrissin ‘Rosea’ (photo courtesy of Claire Curran)

Albizia julibrissin

Silk Tree

Native to Asia, ranging from Iran to Japan. This open grower, sometimes called silk tree, rapidly reac...

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Alcea rosea (photo courtesy of Rob D. Brodman)

Alcea rosea

Hollyhock

This old-fashioned charmer from the Mediterranean region is best against a fence or wall or at the bac...

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Alchemilla mollis (photo courtesy of Annie’s Annuals & Perennials)

Alchemilla mollis

Lady’s-mantle

Native to Asia Minor, this is the most commonly planted lady’s-mantle, forming clumps mostly 1 t...

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Aleurites moluccana (photo courtesy of Joshua McCullough/PhytoPhoto)

Aleurites moluccana

Kukui

Native to Polynesia and southern Asia; has naturalized in Hawaii, where it has been designated the sta...

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