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Plant Uses / Top 20 Plants

Some plants are so good they deserve an article all to themselves. Here are some of our favorites:

  1. Allium SpeciesThe Perennial Onions (Español)
  2. Allium ursinum Wild Garlic (Español)
  3. Amelanchier Alnifolia Juneberries
  4. Apios Americana The American Groundnut
  5. Arbutus unedo The Strawberry Tree
  6. Asclepias species The Milkweeds
  7. Caragana Aborescens The Siberian Pea Tree
  8. Cornus Kousa Japanese Dogwood
  9. Crataegus Species The Hawthorns
  10. Dioscorea batatas The Hardy Yam
  11. Elaeagnus x ebbingei A Plant for all Reasons
  12. Ginkgo biloba The Maidenhair Tree
  13. Hemerocallis Species The Daylilies
  14. Hippophae salicifolia Willow-leaved Sea Buckthorn
  15. Malva Moschata Musk Mallow - Great for Salads
  16. Oxalis deppei Iron Cross Plant
  17. Sassafras Albidum
  18. Viola Odorata Sweet Violet

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Top Rated Plants For Edibility

The 143 plants we consider the best for edibility.

Actinidia arguta  Tara Vine
Actinidia deliciosa  Kiwi Fruit
Agastache foeniculum  Anise Hyssop, Blue giant hyssop
Allium ampeloprasum  Wild Leek, Broadleaf wild leek
Allium canadense mobilense  Canadian Garlic
Allium cepa  Onion, Garden onion
Allium cepa ascalonicum  Shallot
Allium cepa proliferum  Tree Onion
Allium cernuum  Nodding Onion, New Mexican nodding onion
Allium fistulosum  Welsh Onion
Allium neapolitanum  Daffodil Garlic, White garlic
Allium paradoxum  Few-Flowered Leek
Allium sativum  Garlic, Cultivated garlic
Allium sativum ophioscorodon  Serpent Garlic
Allium schoenoprasum  Chives, Wild chives, Flowering Onion
Allium schoenoprasum sibiricum  Giant Chives
Allium triquetrum  Three-Cornered Leek
Allium tuberosum  Garlic Chives, Chinese chives, Oriental Chives,
Allium ursinum  Wild Garlic
Althaea officinalis  Marsh Mallow, Common marshmallow
Amelanchier alnifolia  Saskatoon, Saskatoon serviceberry, Serviceberry
Amelanchier alnifolia semiintegrifolia  Pacific Serviceberry
Amelanchier confusa 
Amelanchier laevis  Allegheny Shadberry, Allegheny serviceberry, Smooth Serviceberry
Amelanchier lamarckii  Apple Serviceberry
Amelanchier stolonifera  Quebec Berry, Running serviceberry
Amelanchier x grandiflora  Apple Serviceberry
Amphicarpaea bracteata  Hog Peanut, American hogpeanut
Amphicarpaea pitcheri  Hog Peanut
Apios americana  Ground Nut
Apios fortunei 
Apios priceana  Traveler's delight
Araucaria araucana  Monkey Puzzle Tree
Atriplex halimus  Sea Orach, Saltbush
Brassica oleracea italica  Broccoli
Camassia quamash  Quamash, Small camas, Utah small camas, Walpole's small camas
Campanula versicolor 
Caragana arborescens  Siberian Pea Tree, Siberian peashrub
Castanea sativa  Sweet Chestnut, European chestnut
Cephalotaxus fortunei  Chinese Plum Yew
Cephalotaxus harringtonia  Japanese Plum Yew
Cephalotaxus harringtonia drupacea  Japanese Plum Yew
Cephalotaxus harringtonia koreana  Korean Plum Yew
Cephalotaxus harringtonia nana  Japanese Plum Yew
Cornus kousa  Japanese Dogwood, Kousa dogwood, Chinese Dogwood,
Cornus kousa chinensis  Japanese Dogwood
Corylus avellana  Hazel, Common filbert, European Filbert, Harry Lauder's Walking Stick, Corkscrew Hazel, Hazelnut
Corylus maxima  Filbert, Giant filbert
Crataegus arnoldiana 
Crataegus ellwangeriana 
Crataegus festiva 
Crataegus missouriensis 
Crataegus pedicellata  Scarlet Haw, Scarlet hawthorn
Crataegus pennsylvanica 
Crataegus schraderana  Blue hawthorn
Crataegus tanacetifolia  Tansy-Leaved Thorn
Cucurbita maxima  Winter Squash
Cucurbita moschata  Squash, Crookneck squash
Daucus carota sativus  Carrot
Dioscorea batatas  Chinese Yam
Diospyros lotus  Date Plum
Diospyros virginiana  American Persimmon, Common persimmon, Persimmon
Elaeagnus cordifolia 
Elaeagnus macrophylla 
Elaeagnus multiflora  Goumi, Cherry silverberry
Elaeagnus multiflora ovata  Goumi
Elaeagnus pungens  Elaeagnus, Thorny olive, Thorny Elaeagnus, Oleaster, Silverberry, Silverthorn, Pungent Elaeagnus
Elaeagnus x ebbingei  Elaeagnus
Foeniculum vulgare  Fennel, Sweet fennel
Fragaria vesca 'Semperflorens'  Alpine Strawberry
Fragaria x ananassa  Strawberry
Gaultheria shallon  Shallon, Salal
Ginkgo biloba  Maidenhair Tree, Ginkgo
Helianthus annuus  Sunflower, Common sunflower
Hemerocallis fulva  Common Day Lily, Orange daylily, Tawny Daylily, Double Daylily
Hemerocallis middendorffii  Amur daylily, Middendorf, Daylily
Hemerocallis middendorffii esculenta 
Hippophae rhamnoides  Sea Buckthorn, Seaberry
Hippophae rhamnoides turkestanica  Sea Buckthorn
Hippophae salicifolia  Willow-Leaved Sea Buckthorn
Hippophae sinensis  Chinese Sea Buckthorn
Ipomoea batatas  Sweet Potato, Black Sweet Potato, Sweet Potato Vine
Lathyrus tuberosus  Earthnut Pea, Tuberous sweetpea
Lepidium meyenii  Maca
Lupinus mutabilis  Pearl Lupin, Tarwi
Malus domestica  Apple
Malva alcea  Vervain mallow, Hollyhock Mallow
Malva moschata  Musk Mallow
Malva verticillata  Chinese Mallow, Cluster mallow
Morus nigra  Black Mulberry
Oxalis tuberosa  Oca
Perideridia gairdneri  Yampa, Gardner's yampah, Common yampah
Phragmites australis  Common Reed, American common reed, Hybrid common reed, European common reed, Subtropical common re
Phyllostachys aurea  Golden Bamboo, Fishpole Bamboo
Phyllostachys nidularia  Big-Node Bamboo, Broom bamboo
Physalis peruviana  Goldenberry, Peruvian groundcherry
Prunus domestica  Plum, European plum
Prunus insititia  Damson
Prunus persica  Peach, Flowering Peach, Ornamental Peach, Common Peach
Psoralea esculenta  Breadroot, Large Indian breadroot
Pyrus communis sativa  Pear
Quercus ilex  Holly Oak, Evergreen Oak
Quercus ilex ballota  Holm Oak
Reichardia picroides  French Scorzonera, Common brighteyes
Ribes nigrum  Blackcurrant, European black currant
Ribes uva-crispa  Gooseberry, European gooseberry
Ribes x culverwellii  Jostaberry
Rosa rugosa  Ramanas Rose, Rugosa rose
Rubus fruticosus  Blackberry, Shrubby blackberry
Rubus idaeus  Raspberry, American red raspberry, Grayleaf red raspberry
Rubus laciniatus  Oregon Cut-Leaf Blackberry, Cutleaf blackberry
Rubus loganobaccus  Loganberry
Rubus nepalensis  Nepalese Raspberry
Rubus phoenicolasius  Japanese Wineberry, Wine raspberry
Rubus procerus  Himalayan Giant Blackberry
Rumex acetosa  Sorrel, Garden sorrel
Sagittaria latifolia  Duck Potato, Broadleaf Arrowhead
Sagittaria sagittifolia  Arrow Head, Hawaii arrowhead
Sassafras albidum  Sassafras, Common Sassafras
Secale strictum  Mountain Rye
Secale strictum kuprijanovii 
Semiarundinaria fastuosa  Narihiradake, Narihira bamboo
Solanum tuberosum  Potato, Irish potato
Sorbus domestica  Service Tree
Tilia cordata  Small Leaved Lime
Tilia platyphyllos  Large Leaved Lime
Tilia x europaea  Common Lime
Torreya nucifera  Kaya
Typha angustifolia  Small Reed Mace
Typha latifolia  Reedmace
Ugni molinae  Uñi
Urtica dioica  Stinging Nettle
Viola odorata  Sweet Violet
Vitis vinifera  Grape
Zizania aquatica  Wild Rice

Top Rated Plants For Medicinal Uses

The 54 plants we consider have the best medicinal properties.

Abies balsamea  Balsam Fir Allium sativum  Garlic, Cultivated garlic
Allium sativum ophioscorodon  Serpent Garlic Aloe vera  Aloe Vera, Barbados aloe, First Aid Plant, Medicinal Aloe
Althaea officinalis  Marsh Mallow, Common marshmallow Ammi visnaga  Visnaga. Khella. Bishop's Weed, Toothpickweed
Angelica sinensis  Dang Gui - Dong Quai - Chinese Angelica Arctium lappa  Great Burdock, Gobo
Arctium minus  Lesser Burdock Asparagus racemosus  Shatavari
Astragalus membranaceus  Huang Qi Calendula officinalis  Pot Marigold, Common Marigold, Scotch Marigold, Ruddles, Pot Marigold
Centella asiatica  Gotu Kola, Spadeleaf Chamaemelum nobile  Chamomile, Roman chamomile
Citrus limon  Lemon Citrus x meyeri  Lemon
Crataegus laevigata  Midland Hawthorn, Smooth hawthorn, English Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna  Hawthorn, Oneseed hawthorn
Cynara cardunculus  Cardoon Cynara scolymus  Globe Artichoke
Dioscorea batatas  Chinese Yam Echinacea angustifolia  Echinacea, Blacksamson echinacea, Strigose blacksamson
Echinacea pallida  Cone Flower, Pale purple coneflower Echinacea purpurea  Echinacea, Eastern purple coneflower, Hedge Coneflower, Black Sampson , Purple Coneflower
Eleutherococcus senticosus  Siberian Ginseng Gentiana lutea  Yellow Gentian
Ginkgo biloba  Maidenhair Tree, Ginkgo Gynostemma pentaphyllum  Sweet Tea Vine
Hamamelis virginiana  Witch Hazel, American witchhazel, Common Witchhazel, Virginian Witchhazel, Witchhazel Hippophae rhamnoides  Sea Buckthorn, Seaberry
Hippophae rhamnoides turkestanica  Sea Buckthorn Humulus lupulus  Hop, Common hop, European Hop,
Matricaria recutita  German Camomile Melaleuca alternifolia  Tea Tree
Melissa officinalis  Lemon Balm, Common balm, Bee Balm, Sweet Balm, Lemon Balm Mentha x piperita officinalis  White Peppermint
Mentha x piperita vulgaris  Black Peppermint Oenothera biennis  Evening Primrose, Sun Drop, Common evening primrose
Panax ginseng  Ginseng, Chinese ginseng Panax pseudoginseng notoginseng  San Qi
Pueraria montana lobata  Kudzu Vine Rheum palmatum  Turkey Rhubarb, Chinese Rhubarb - Da Huang, Chinese rhubarb
Rheum palmatum tanguticum  Da Huang Salvia officinalis  Sage, Kitchen sage, Small Leaf Sage, Garden Sage
Schisandra chinensis  Wu Wei Zi Schisandra sphenanthera 
Silybum marianum  Milk Thistle, Blessed milkthistle Symphytum officinale  Comfrey, Common comfrey
Symphytum uplandicum  Comfrey Tanacetum parthenium  Feverfew
Trigonella foenum-graecum  Fenugreek Ulmus rubra  Slippery Elm
Urtica dioica  Stinging Nettle Vitex agnus-castus  Agnus Castus

Most common plant look-ups

These are the 50 most common plants that people have looked up. (Numbers in brackets are number of lookups)