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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. Spreadsfreely but is ...

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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 coast; mountains of Oregon...

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Alnus rubra

Red Alder

Native to stream banks andmarshy places from Alaska south to Northern California;usually found in area...

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Aloe arborescens (Tree Aloe)

Aloe arborescens

Tree 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 triphylla

Aloysia triphylla

Lemon Verbena

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

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Alpinia zerumbet, photo courtesy of Claire Curran

Alpinia zerumbet

Shell Ginger

From tropical Asia and Polynesia comes the grandest of gingers (to 8–9 ft. tall and 3–4 ft. wide) and ...

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Alstroemeria aurea

Alstroemeria aurea

Evergreen. Grows 3–4 ft. tall, with numerous leafy flowering stems topped by yellow, orange, or ...

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Peruvian lily (Alstroemeria hybrids)

Alstroemeria hybrids

Peruvian Lily

Evergreen. These include series such as Meyer, Cordu, Premier, and Inca. They vary in height and come ...

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