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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

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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Allium tuberosum

Allium tuberosum

Garlic Chives

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

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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

White Alder

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

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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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Aloe arborescens (photo courtesy of Kimberley Navabpour)

Aloe arborescens

Torch Aloe

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

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Aloe polyphylla

Spiral Aloe

This unusual plant forms a single, stemless rosette 1 ft. tall and 1–2 ft. wide, with overlapping rows...

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Aloe vera

Medicinal Aloe

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

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Aloysia citrodora

Aloysia citrodora

Lemon Verbena

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

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