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Index of Common Names: G
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Abies cephalonicaGrecian FirTree36.0 4-8 MLMHFSNM00 
Abies grandisGrand Fir, Giant Fir, Lowland White FirTree75.0 5-6 FLMHFSNM22 
Acacia decurrensGreen WattleTree12.0 6-9 FLMNDM213
Acacia pycnanthaGolden WattleTree8.0 7-10 FLNDM20 
Acorus gramineusGrass-leaved Sweet Rush, Japanese Sweet Flag, Dwarf Sweet FlagPerennial0.3 6-10  LMHNMWeWa33 
Adenostoma fasciculatumGreasewoodShrub3.0 7-10  LMHNDM01 
Aegilops speltoidesGoatgrassAnnual0.6 0-0  LMHSNDM10 
Aegopodium podagrariaGround Elder, Bishop's goutweed, Goutweed, Ground Elder, Bishop's WeedPerennial0.6 4-9 FLMHFSNM321
Agalinis tenuifoliaSlenderleaf False FoxglovePerennial0.6 7-10  LMSNDM01 
Agastache urticifoliaGiant Hyssop, Nettleleaf giant hyssopPerennial1.2 7-10  LMNDM31 
Ageratum conyzoidesGoatweed, Tropical whiteweedAnnual1.0 8-11  LMHNM03 
Agrostemma githagoCorncockle, Common corncockleAnnual0.9 0-0  LMHSNDM110
Ajuga chamaepitysGround Pine, Yellow bugleAnnual0.2 5-9  LMHSNDM02 
Alisma plantago-aquaticaGreat Water Plantain, ZE-XIE, European water plantain, American water plantain, Northern water planPerennial0.9 5-9  LMHNWeWa13 
Alliaria petiolataGarlic MustardBiennial1.0 6-8  LMHFSMWe321
Allium geyeriGeyer's Onion, Bulbil onionBulb0.5 6-9  LMNM32 
Allium giganteumGiant Onion, Ornamental OnionBulb2.0 6-10 FLMNDM32 
Allium molyGolden Garlic, Ornamental OnionBulb0.3 3-9 FLMNDM42 
Allium sativumGarlic, Cultivated garlicBulb0.6 7-10  LMNDM554
Allium schoenoprasum sibiricumGiant ChivesBulb0.3 4-8  LMHSNM522
Allium senescensGerman GarlicBulb0.5 4-10 MLMNDM42 
Allium tuberosumGarlic Chives, Chinese chives, Oriental Chives,Bulb0.3 4-8 FLMHNDM523
Alnus incanaGrey Alder, Speckled alder, Thinleaf alder, White AlderTree18.0 2-6 FMHSNDMWe003
Alocasia macrorrhizosGiant Taro, Giant Elephant EarPerennial3.0 10-12 FLMHFSNM322
Ambrosia trifidaGiant Ragweed, Great ragweed, Texan great ragweed, Bitterweed, Bloodweed, Buffalo Weed, Horse CaneAnnual2.0 1-11 MLMHSNM131
Anacolosa frutescensGalo Nut, Kopi gunung, Tangki leuweung, Belian landak.Tree15.0 10-12 MLMHFSM402
Andrographis paniculataGreen Chireta, Creat, Nilavembu, Kirayat, Chuan Xin Lian, King of BittersPerennial0.8 10-12 FLMHFSNM142
Angelica gigasGiant Angelica, Purple Parsnip, Korean AngelicaPerennial1.8 4-8 MLMHSNM22 
Antennaria dioicaCatsfoot, Stoloniferous pussytoesPerennial0.1 4-8  LNDM022
Apios americanaGround NutPerennial1.2 3-7  LMSNM513
Apios priceanaTraveler's delightPerennial3.0 6-9  LMSNM503
Arbutus andrachneGrecian StrawberryTreeTree6.0 7-10 SLMNDM30 
Arctium lappaGreat Burdock, GoboBiennial2.0 3-7  LMHSNM452
Arctostaphylos patulaGreenleaf ManzanitaShrub2.0 5-9  LMSNM311
Arisaema dracontiumGreen-DragonPerennial0.8 4-8  LMFSNM11 
Aristolochia fangchiGuan Fang ChiClimber0.0 -  LMHSNM02 
Artemisia glacialisGlacier WormwoodPerennial0.2 4-8  LMHNDM12 
Arthrocnemum fruticosumGlasswortPerennial0.6 -  LMSNM10 
Arthrocnemum subterminaleGlasswort, Parish's glasswortPerennial0.3 0-0  LMHNM10 
Aruncus dioicusGoat's Beard, Bride's feathersPerennial2.0 3-7 FLMHSNDMWe22 
Arundo donaxGiant Reed, Giant Reed GrassPerennial6.0 6-10 FLMHNMWe324
Asclepias viridifloraGreen Milkweed, Green comet milkweedPerennial1.0 0-0  LMSNDM32 
Asperula tinctoriaDyer's WoodruffPerennial0.3 4-8  LMHSNDM00 
Aspidosperma albumGuatambuTree25.0 10-12 MLMHNM024
Astragalus crassicarpusGround Plum, Groundplum milkvetchPerennial0.5 6-9  LMND413
Astrantia majorGreat MasterwortPerennial0.8 4-9 FLMHSNM01 
Atriplex canescensGrey Sage Brush, Fourwing saltbushShrub1.8 6-9  LMNDM413
Atriplex gmeliniiGmelin's saltbushAnnual0.5 0-0  LMNDM20 
Atriplex nummulariaGiant Saltbush, Bluegreen saltbushShrub3.5 7-10  LMNDM323
Aurinia saxatilisGolden Alyssum, Basket of goldPerennial0.3 4-10 MLMHNDM00 
Backhousia myrtifoliaGrey MyrtleShrub12.0 8-11  LMNM00 
Bambusa bambosGiant Thorny BambooBamboo30.0 10-12 FMHSNM335
Betula ermaniiGold BirchTree25.0 3-7 FLMHSNM013
Betula populifoliaGrey BirchTree12.0 3-6 FLMHNDM213
Bloomeria aureaGolden Stars, Common goldenstarBulb0.5 7-10  LMNM10 
Bloomeria croceaGolden Stars, Common goldenstarBulb0.3 7-10  LMNM10 
Brahea edulisGuadalupe Palm,Tree12.0 9-11 SLMHNDM10 
Brassica juncea multicepsGreen In The SnowAnnual0.4 6-9 FLMHSNM42 
Brassica juncea tsatsai multicepsGreen In The SnowAnnual0.4 6-10 FLMHSNM422
Bulbinopsis bulbosaGolden LilyPerennial0.5 8-11  LMNM30 
Bulnesia arboreaVerawoodTree15.0 9-12 SLMHNDM004
Bursera simarubaGum Tree, Gumbo LimboTree20.0 10-12 MLMHSNDM224
Byrsonima crassifoliaGolden Spoon, Nance, Nancy TreeTree12.0 9-12 SLMHNDM423
Caesalpinia echinataPau Brasil, Brazil Wood, Indian SavinTree12.0 10-12 MLMHSNM024
Calotropis giganteaGiant Milkweed, Crown Flower, Giant Calotrope, Swallow-wortTree5.0 10-12 FLMHNDM234
Camelina sativaGold Of PleasureAnnual0.6 6-9  LMHSNDM30 
Carex ripariaGreat Pond SedgePerennial1.5 5-9 FLMHSNMWe10 
Cassia fistulaGolden Shower, Purging Cassia, Golden Chain Tree, Indian LaburnumTree18.0 9-11 SLMHNM142
Catabrosa aquaticaWater WhirlGrassPerennial0.7 3-7  LMHSNWeWa11 
Caulanthus glaucusGlaucous wild cabbagePerennial0.6 0-0  LMHSNM10 
Centaurea scabiosaGreater KnapweedPerennial0.9 4-8  LMHNDM02 
Centella asiaticaGotu Kola, SpadeleafPerennial0.2 7-10  LMHSNMWe25 
Chamaecrista fasciculataGolden Cassia, Partridge peaAnnual1.0 4-8  LMHSNM001
Chamaesaracha coronopusGreenleaf Five EyesPerennial0.2 -  LMHSNM11 
Chelidonium majusGreater Celandine, Swallow Wort, Greater CelandinePerennial0.5 5-8 FLMHFSNM13 
Chenopodium bonus-henricusGood King HenryPerennial0.3 4-8  LMHNM421
Chenopodium fremontiiGoosefoot, Fremont's goosefoot, Pringle's goosefootAnnual0.6 0-0  LMHNM20 
Chlorocardium rodieiGreenheart, Demerara GreenheartTree30.0 10-12 MLMHNM025
Chrysogonum virginianumGolden-knee, Green and Gold, or GoldenstarPerennial0.2 5-9 FLMHFSNDM003
Chrysolepis chrysophyllaGolden Chinquapin, Giant chinquapinTree20.0 6-9 MLMSM20 
Chrysosplenium alternifoliumGolden Saxifrage, Alternate-leaf golden saxifrage, Iowa golden saxifragePerennial0.3 4-8  LMHSNMWe20 
Chrysosplenium oppositifoliumGolden SaxifragePerennial0.2 4-8  LMHSNMWe20 
Chrysothamnus viscidiflorusGreen Rabbitbrush, Yellow rabbitbrushShrub1.0 3-7  LMNDM212
Citropsis gilletianaGillet's cherry-orangeTree9.0 10-12 MLMHNM003
Citrus x paradisiGrapefruit, Pomelo, PamplemousseTree7.0 9-11 MLMHNS411
Clarkia bilobaTwolobe clarkia, Mariposa clarkia, Brandegee's clarkiaAnnual0.9 0-0  LMHSNM11 
Clarkia purpureaWinecup clarkiaAnnual0.6 0-0  LMHSNM10 
Claytonia umbellataGreat Basin Spring BeautyPerennial0.2 -  LMNM20 
Clematis rectaGround virginsbowerPerennial Climber1.5 3-7  LMHNM11 
Cleome gynandraAfrican Spider Flower, SpiderwispAnnual1.3 8-12  LMNDM020
Clerodendrum bungeiGlory Flower, Rose glorybower, Cashmere Bouquet, Mexican Hydrangea, Glory BowerShrub2.0 7-9 MLMHNM010
Clinopodium glabellumGlade calamintPerennial0.6 6-7 FLMHSNMWe003
Coleus edulisGala DinichPerennial0.0 -  LMHSNM10 
Commiphora wightiiGuggul, Indian bdellium-treeShrub4.0 10-12 SLMNDM234
Coniogramme japonicaBamboo FernFern0.4 8-11  LMHSNM01 
Coptis trifoliaGoldthread, Threeleaf goldthreadPerennial0.2 2-7  LMHSM222
Coreopsis giganteaGiant coreopsis, Sea DahliaPerennial2.5 10-11 MLMNDM00 
Cornus alternifoliaGreen Osier, Alternateleaf dogwood, Alternate Leaf Dogwood, Golden Shadows Pagoda Dogwood, Green OsiShrub6.0 3-8 FLMHNDM02 
Cornus controversaGiant Dogwood, Wedding Cake Tree,Tree15.0 5-8 FLMHSNM21 
Corypha utanGebang Palm. Corypha palm, Sugar palmTree18.0 11-12 SLMHNDM323
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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water. Rating: 1 = Minor 5 = Great.

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