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Edible Shrubs provides detailed information, attractively presented, on over 70 shrub species. They have been selected to provide a mix of different plant sizes and growing conditions. Most provide delicious and nutritious fruit, but many also have edible leaves, seeds, flowers, stems or roots, or they yield edible or useful oil.

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Index of Common Names: K
Latin NameCommon NameFamilySynonymsEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Acacia cultriformisKnife-Leaf Wattle, Knife acaciaFabaceae or Leguminosae 20
Acacia koaKoa AcaciaFabaceaeAcacia hawaiiensis (Rock.) O.Deg. & I.Deg. Acacia kauaiensis Hillebr. Racosperma koa (A.Gray) Pedley.00
Acacia koaiaKoai'aFabaceaeNo synonyms are recorded for this name.01
Acacia leucophloeaKuteera-Gum, White-barked acacia.FabaceaeAcacia alba (Rottler) Willd. Acacia arcuata Decne. Acacia melanochaetes Zoll. Delaportea ferox Gagnep. Delaportea microphylla Gagnep. Mimosa alba Rottler Mimosa leucophloea Roxb.21
Acacia paradoxaKangaroo Thorn, Paradox acaciaFabaceae or Leguminosae 10
Aconitum koreanumKorean Monk's HoodRanunculaceaeA. komarovii. Steinb.10
Aconitum maximumKamchatka aconiteRanunculaceae 00
Actinidia chinensisKiwiActinidiaceae 42
Actinidia deliciosaKiwi FruitActinidiaceaeA. chinensis. Hort. non Planch.51
Actinidia kolomiktaKiwiActinidiaceaeKolomikta mandschurica. Regel. Trochostigma kolomikta. Rupr.40
Agastache rugosaKorean MintLamiaceae or Labiatae 43
Allium carinatumKeeled GarlicAlliaceae 32
Allium kunthiiKunth's onionAlliaceae 32
Amelanchier asiaticaKorean JuneberryRosaceaeA. canadensis japonica. Aronia asiatica.30
Angelica genuflexaKneeling AngelicaApiaceae or Umbelliferae 21
Anthyllis vulnerariaKidney VetchFabaceae or Leguminosae 12
Apocynum pictumKendyrApocynaceaeApocynum grandiflorum Danguy. Apocynum hendersonii Hook.f. Poacynum hendersonii (Hook.f.) Woodson. Poacynum pictum (Schrenk) Baill.02
Asphodeline luteaKing's Spear, Yellow Asphodel, Jacob's RodAsphodelaceaeAsphodelus luteus.40
Aster yomena Asteraceae or CompositaeKalimeris yomena. Kitam.10
Astroloma serratifoliumKondrungEpacridaceae 00
Athrotaxis selaginoidesKing William PineCupressaceaeA. gunneana. Cunninghamia selaginoides.00
Berberis koreanaKorean Barberry, BarberryBerberidaceae 12
Betula kenaicaKenai BirchBetulaceaeB. papyrifera kenaica. (W.H.Evans.)Henry.31
Brachychiton populneusKurrajong, Bottletree, KurrajongSterculiaceaeB. diversifolium.30
Brassica oleracea gongylodesKohl RabiBrassicaceae or CruciferaeB. caulorapa. Pasq.31
Broussonetia kazinokiKozoMoraceaeB. kaempferi. non Sieb.&Zucc. B. monoica. B. sieboldii.31
Campanula takesimanaKorean BellflowerCampanulaceae 40
Carpobrotus rossiiKarkallaAizoaceae 00
Carthamus lanatusDistaff ThistleAsteraceae or CompositaeKentrophyllum lanatum. (L.)D.C.11
Cedrelopsis greveiKatrafay, KathrafayRutaceaeKatafa crassisepalum Costantin & Poiss.24
Ceiba pentandraKapok Tree, Cotton Tree, Suma'maMalvaceaeBombax guineensis Schum. & Thonn. Bombax orientale Spreng. Bombax pentandrum L. Ceiba guineensis (Th33
Cephalotaxus harringtonia koreanaKorean Plum YewCephalotaxaceaeC. koreana.50
Cercidiphyllum japonicumKatsura TreeCercidiphyllaceae 00
Chimonobambusa marmoreaKan-ChikuPoaceae or GramineaeArundinaria kokantsik. A. marmorea. Bambusa marmorea.10
Cimicifuga heracleifoliaKomarov's BugbaneRanunculaceae 02
Cirsium kamtschaticumKamchatka thistleAsteraceae or Compositae 10
Corynocarpus spp.KarakaCorynocarpaceaeSee individual species.20
Crataegus coccinoidesKansas HawthornRosaceae 32
Cymbalaria muralisKenilworth IvyScrophulariaceaeLinaria cymbalaria.21
Dacrycarpus dacrydioidesKahikateaPodocarpaceaePodocarpus dacrydioides.20
Dipterocarpus kerriiKerr's KeruingDipterocarpaceaeDipterocarpus cuneatus Foxw. Dipterocarpus obconicus Foxw. Dipterocarpus perturbinatus Foxw.02
Ehretia acuminataKoda TreeEhretiaceaeE. serrata. Roxb.21
Elymus hispidusKernza. Wild triga, Pubescent wheatgrass,PoaceaeAgropyron ambigens (Hausskn.) Roshev. Agropyron aucheri Boiss. Agropyron aucheri glabrescens Mouterde. Agropyron banaticum (Heuff.) Thaisz. Agropyron barbatulum Schur. Agropyron densiflorum (Willd.) P.Beauv. Agropyron goiranianum Vis. ex Goiran. Agropyron hispidum Opiz. Agropyron intermedium (Host) P.Beauv. Agropyron laevifolium Opiz. Agropyron latronum (Godr.) P.Candargy. Agropyron mucronatum Opiz. Agropyron murinum Hausskn. Agropyron podperae velutinum Melderis. Agropyron popovii Drobow. Agropyron ruthenicum (Griseb.) Prokudin. Agropyron salinum Schur. Agropyron savignonei De Not. Agropyron trichophorum (Link) K.Richt. Agropyron truncatum (Wallr.) Fuss. Agropyron virescens (Pancic) P.Candargy. Braconotia glauca (Roem. & Schult.) Godr. Elymus bazargiciensis Burduja. Elymus hispidus (Opiz) Melderis. Elytrigia aucheri (Boiss.) Nevski. Elytrigia intermedia (Host) Nevski. Elytrigia mucronata (Opiz) Prokudin. Elytrigia pouzolzii (Godr. & Gren.) Holub. Elytrigia prokudinii Dubovik. Elytrigia ruthenica (Griseb.) Prokudin. Elytrigia trichophora (Link) Nevski. Thinopyrum intermedium (Host) Barkworth & D.R.Dewey. Trichopyrum intermedium (Host) Á.Löve. Triticum arenicola A.Kern. ex Meryh. Triticum densiflorum Willd. Triticum distichum Schleich. ex DC. Triticum glaucum Desf. ex DC. Triticum glaucum Honck. Triticum glaucum barbulatum (Schur) Porcius. Triticum hirsutum Steven ex Schrad. Triticum intermedium Host. Triticum latronum Godr. Triticum repens Hegetschw. Triticum rigidum Schleich. ex Mert. & W.D.J.Koch. Triticum rigidum ruthenicum Griseb. Triticum savignonei (De Not.) Nyman. Triticum trichophorum Link. Triticum truncatum Wallr. Triticum virescens (Pancic) Pancic. Zeia glauca (Roem. & Schult.) Lunell.40
Epimedium koreanumKorean EpimediumBerberidaceae 03
Erythronium japonicumKatakuriLiliaceae 40
Euonymus latifolius CelastraceaeKalonymus latifolius. (Mill.)Prokh.00
Fritillaria camschatcensisKamchatka Lily, Kamchatka fritillaryLiliaceaeLilium camschatcensis.40
Fuchsia excorticataKoniniOnagraceaeSkinnera excorticata.20
Funtumia elasticaWest African Rubber Tree. Lagos silk rubberApocynaceaeKibatalia elastica (Preuss) Merr. Kixia elastica Preuss02
Gleditsia koraiensisKorean Honey LocustFabaceae or Leguminosae 22
Guibourtia copalliferaKobo Tree, Sierra Leone gum copalFabaceaeCopaifera copallifera (Benn.) Milne-Redh. Copaifera copallina Baill. Copaifera guibourtiana Benn. Copaiva copallifera (Benn.) Kuntze Copaiva guibourtiana Lyons01
Gymnocladus dioicaKentucky Coffee TreeFabaceae or LeguminosaeG. canadensis. Guilandina dioica.32
Hibiscus cannabinusKenaf, Brown IndianhempMalvaceae 22
Hosta nigrescensKuro-GiboshiFunkiaceae 10
Ilex rotundaKurogane hollyAquifoliaceae 01
Indigofera kirilowiiKirilow's indigo, IndigoFabaceae or LeguminosaeI. macrostachya. Bunge. non Vent. I. koreana. Ohwi.01
Kadsura longepedunculata SchisandraceaeKadsura peltigera. Rehd.&Wils.22
Kalmia latifoliaMountain Laurel, Calico Bush, IvyEricaceaeK. lucida.02
Kalmia polifoliaSwamp Laurel, Bog laurelEricaceaeK. glauca.02
Kalopanax septemlobusTree Aralia, Castor araliaAraliaceaeK. pictus. (Thunb.)Nakai. K. ricinifolium. Acanthopanax ricinifolium. Acer pictum. Acer septemlobus.21
Kinugasa japonicaKinugasasoTrilliaceaeTrillium japonicum.10
Kniphofia uvariaRed Hot Poker , Common Torch Lily, Torch Lily, Poker Plant, TritomaAsphodelaceaeK. aloides.00
Koeleria macranthaJune Grass, Prairie JunegrassPoaceae or GramineaeK. cristata. K. gracilis. K. pyramidata. Aira cristata.11
Kummerowia stipulaceaKorean Lespedeza, Korean cloverFabaceae or LeguminosaeLespedeza stipulacea. Maxim.01
Leptospermum ericoides MyrtaceaeKunzea ericoides.11
Letestua durissimaKong-Afane, CongotaliSapotaceaeLetestua floribunda Lecomte Pierreodendron durissimum A.Chev.02
Libocedrus plumosaKawakaCupressaceaeL. doniana.00
Lilium kelleyanumKelley's LilyLiliaceaeL. nevadense. East. L. parviflorum. Purdy. non Holz.20
Magnolia kobusKobus magnolia, Northern Japanese MagnoliaMagnoliaceaeM. precosissima. M. thurberi.11
Malus x micromalusKaido Crab AppleRosaceae 20
Mangifera kemangaKemangAnacardiaceae 40
Morus australisKorean Mulberry, Aino MulberryMoraceaeM. acidosa. M. alba stylosa. M. indica. non L. M. stylosa.22
Morus bombycisKuwaMoraceae 22
Musa x paradisiacaBananaMusaceaeKarkandela × malabarica Raf. Musa × acutibracteata M.Hotta, Musa × alphurica Miq. Musa × aphurica Ru52
Pandanus julianettiiKarukaPandanaceaePandanus jiulianettii. There is some confusion with the incorrect spelling: Pandanus jiulianettii.40
Phyllostachys makinoiKei-Chiku, Makino bambooPoaceae or Gramineae 30
Phyllostachys nigra punctataKurodakePoaceae or Gramineae 43
Phyllostachys sulphurea viridisKou-ChikuPoaceae or GramineaeP. viridis. (R.A.Young.)McClure.40
Picrorhiza kurroaKuruScrophulariaceae 03
Pinus koraiensisKorean Nut Pine, Chinese pinenutPinaceaeP. mandschurica.42
Pittosporum crassifoliumKaro, Stiffleaf cheesewoodPittosporaceae 00
Poa pratensisKentucky Blue Grass, Spreading bluegrassPoaceae or Gramineae 10
Podocarpus macrophyllusKusamaki, Yew plum pine, Buddhist Pine, Chinese Podocarpus, Chinese Yew Pine, Japanese Yew, SoutherPodocarpaceae 21
Polygonatum commutatumKing Solomon's Seal, Smooth Solomon's sealConvallariaceaeP. canaliculatum. P. giganteum.21
Polygonum aviculareKnotweed, Prostrate knotweedPolygonaceaeP. heterophyllum. P. littorale.23
Polygonum douglasiiKnotweed, Douglas' knotweed, Austin knotweed, Engelmann's knotweed, Johnston's knotweed, Large knoPolygonaceae 20
Polygonum salicifoliumKnotweedPolygonaceaePersicaria salicifolia. (Brouss.)S.F.Gray.10
Protea cynaroidesKing ProteaProteaceae 10
Prunus cerasus capronianaKentish Red CherryRosaceaeP. caproniana.31
Prunus glandulosaKorean Cherry, Dwarf Flowering AlmondRosaceae 21
Prunus japonicaKorean Cherry, Japanese bush cherryRosaceae 33
Pueraria montanaKudzu VineFabaceaeBujacia anonychia E. Mey. Dolichos grandiflorus Wall. Dolichos grandifolius Wall. Dolichos hirsutus45
Pueraria montana lobataKudzu VineFabaceae or LeguminosaeDolichos hirsutus. Pueraria hirsuta. Pueraria triloba. Pachyrhizus thunbergianus.45
Pulsatilla koreanaKorean Pasque FlowerRanunculaceae 02
Pycnanthemum albescensWhiteleaf Mountain MintLamiaceae or LabiataeKoellia albescens (Torr.&Gray)Kuntze.01
Pycnanthemum flexuosumMountain Mint, Appalachian mountainmintLamiaceae or LabiataeKoellia flexuosa.12
Pycnanthemum incanumHoary Mountain MintLamiaceae or LabiataeKoellia incana.12
Pycnanthemum muticumCluster Mountain MintLamiaceae or LabiataeKoellia mutica.10
Pycnanthemum pilosumMountain Mint, Whorled mountainmintLamiaceae or LabiataeKoellia pilosa.20
Pycnanthemum virginianumVirginia Mountain MintLamiaceae or LabiataeKoellia virginiana.22
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