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Ajania pacifica, photo courtesy of Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images

Ajania pacifica

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

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 'Lady’s Mantle'

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 downy. Ro...

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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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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 at Filoli Center, Woodside, CA

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 Mark Turner

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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