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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 Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images)

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

Carpet Bugle

Popular and useful groundcover, though it will escape into lawns unless contained. Spreads quickly by ...

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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

Albizia julibrissin

Silk Tree

Native to Asia, ranging from Iran to Japan. Rapid growth to 40 ft., with a canopy eventually spreading...

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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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Allamanda blanchetii ‘Cherries Jubilee’ (photo courtesy of Bob Wigand)

Allamanda blanchetii

Purple Allamanda

Shrubby grower to 6–10 ft. tall and wide, often with a few vining stems. Leaves are somewhat dow...

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Allamanda cathartica

Allamanda cathartica

Allamanda

Can grow to great heights (over 50 ft.) as a vine; it can clamber through trees but must be tied to ot...

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