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Zamia pumila

Zamia pumila

Coontie

From Florida, Cuba, and the West Indies. Grows to 4 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide. Short trunk is largely be...

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Zantedeschia aethiopica

Common Calla

Grows to 2–4 ft. tall, with unspotted leaves to 1/2 ft. long and 10 in. wide. In spring (sometim...

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Zanthoxylum piperitum (photo courtesy of Karl Gercens III)

Zanthoxylum piperitum

Japan Pepper

Native to China, Japan, and Korea. Dense growth to 8–20 ft. tall and wide. Handsome dark green, ...

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Zauschneria californica

Hummingbird Trumpet

Native to much of the western U.S. and northern Mexico. Upright or arching growth from 6 in. to 4 ft. ...

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Zauschneria septentrionalis

Humboldt County Fuchsia

From the Northern California Coast Ranges. Mat-forming species to 6–12 in. tall and 12–18 ...

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Zea mays

Ornamental corn

Some kinds of corn are grown for the beauty of their shelled ears rather than for eating. Calico, Indi...

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Zelkova serrata

Zelkova serrata

Sawleaf Zelkova

Eastern Asia relative of elm (Ulmus). Good shade tree; sometimes used as a substitute for Ame...

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Zephyranthes candida

Zephyranthes candida

Zephyr Flower

White, 2-in. flowers are sometimes stained pink in the throat. Clumps of foot-long, grassy leaves. Eve...

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Zexmenia hispida (photo courtesy of Tucson Botanical Gardens)

Zexmenia hispida

Native to Texas and Mexico. Compact, rounded plant to 2–3 ft. tall and wide; puts on a good show...

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Zingiber officinale

Zingiber officinale

True Ginger

This tropical Asian plant’s rhizomes are the source of the ginger root used in cooking. Grows to...

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Zinnia angustifolia

Zinnia angustifolia

Annual, with compact growth to 16 in. high and wide and very narrow leaves to 2 1/2 in. long. Orange, ...

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Zinnia elegans

Zinnia elegans

Annual, from Mexico. This is the common garden zinnia, sold in strains ranging from less than a foot h...

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