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Index of Common Names: M
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Abelmoschus moschatusMusk Mallow,Musk OkraPerennial2.0 8-11 FLMHNM23 
Abies firmaMomi Fir, Japanese FirTree30.0 6-9 MLMHFSNM10 
Acacia aneuraMulga AcaciaTree15.0 8-11 SLMNDM303
Acacia catechuCutch tree, Catechu acaciaTree15.0 10-12 FLMHNDM123
Acacia dealbataMimosa, Silver wattleTree25.0 7-10 FLMNDM203
Acacia decurrensGreen WattleTree12.0 6-9 FLMNDM213
Acacia longifoliaSydney Golden Wattle, AcaciaTree9.0 10-11 MLNDM30 
Acacia murrayanaMurray’s wattle, Colony wattleTree5.0 10-12 FLMHNDM323
Acer monoMapleTree15.0 3-8 SLMHSNM21 
Acer pectinatumMapleTree10.0 3-6 SLMHSNM00 
Acer pensylvanicumMoosewood, Striped maple, Moosewood, Pennsylvania MapleTree4.5 3-7  LMHNM01 
Acer spicatumMountain MapleTree10.0 3-6 SLMHNM22 
Achillea ageratumMace, Sweet-nancyPerennial0.6 6-9  LMHNDM20 
Achillea erba-rotta moschataMusk MilfoilPerennial0.2 5-9  LMHNDM02 
Adiantum capillus-venerisMaidenhair Fern, Common maidenhair, Southern Maidenhair Fern, Venus Maidenhair Fern, Venus's Hair FeFern0.3 8-11 SLMHSM22 
Aesculus sppHorse chestnutTree30.0 4-9 FLMHSNDM444
Afzelia xylocarpaMakha Tree, Cambodia Beng TreeTree20.0 10-12 MLMHNM224
Agastache mexicanaMexican Giant HyssopPerennial0.8 6-10  LMNDM302
Agave viviparaMescal CaseroPerennial1.0 10-12 MLMHNDM303
Agoseris aurantiacaMountain Dandelion, Orange agoserisPerennial0.6 0-0  LmNDM21 
Agoseris glaucaMountain Dandelion, Pale agoseris, False agoserisPerennial0.6 0-0  LmNDM11 
Alangium platanifoliumAlangiumShrub3.0 6-10  LMHNM11 
Albizia julibrissinMimosa, Silktree, Mimosa Tree,Tree12.0 6-9 FLMHNDM222
Alhagi manniferaManna TreeShrub1.0 -  LMNDM22 
Allanblackia stuhlmanniiMkani, MsamboTree35.0 10-12 MMHNM323
Allium angulosumMouse GarlicBulb0.5 4-8  LMHSNM32 
Allium splendensMiyama-RakkyoBulb0.3 4-8  LMNM32 
Alnus jorullensisMexican alder, Evergreen AlderTree25.0 7-12 FLMHSNMWe003
Alnus tenuifoliaMountain Alder, Thinleaf alderTree9.0 5-7 FMHSNMWe12 
Althaea officinalisMarsh Mallow, Common marshmallowPerennial1.2 3-7  LMHNDM553
Amaranthus blitoidesMat AmaranthAnnual0.2 6-10  LMHNM201
Amelanchier obovalisSouthern Juneberry, Coastal serviceberryTree1.5 5-9  LMHSNM301
Ammophila arenariaMarram Grass, European beachgrassPerennial1.2 4-8  LMNDM104
Ampelodesmos mauritanicusMauritanian grassPerennial3.0 7-10  LMNDM00 
Anacyclus pyrethrumMount Atlas Daisy, Chamomile Spanish, PellitoryPerennial0.3 5-7 MLMNM02 
Ancylobotrys petersianaMbohoya, Mwungo-wungo.Climber6.0 10-12 FLMHSNDM402
Andromeda polifoliaMarsh Andromeda, Bog rosemaryShrub0.3 2-6 SLMSMWe21 
Anredera cordifoliaMadeira Vine, Heartleaf madeiravinePerennial Climber9.0 8-11 FLMHSNM201
Anthemis cotulaMayweed, Stinking chamomileAnnual0.6 4-8  MHNDM121
Aralia continentalisManchurian SpikenardPerennial2.0 7-10  LMHFSM20 
Aralia mandschuricaManchurian Angelica TreeShrub3.5 4-8  LMHSNM22 
Araucaria araucanaMonkey Puzzle TreeTree30.0 7-11 SLMHSNM513
Arbutus menziesiiMadrona, Pacific madrone, Pacific MadroneTree15.0 8-9 MLMSNDM32 
Arbutus xalapensisMadrono, Texas madroneTree12.0 7-10 SLMSNDM20 
Arctostaphylos manzanitaManzanita, Whiteleaf manzanita, Konocti manzanita, Contra Costa manzanita, Roof's manzanita, WieslanShrub2.0 7-10  LMSNDM313
Ardisia japonicaMarlberryShrub0.5 8-10 MLMHSM030
Aristolochia contortaMa Dou LingPerennial1.5 -  LMHSNM13 
Aristolochia debilisMa Dou LingPerennial1.0 7-10  LMHSNM13 
Aristotelia chilensisMacquiShrub3.0 7-10  LMHNM310
Arjona patagonicaMacachiPerennial0.2 -  LMSNDM20 
Arnebia benthamii Perennial0.9 6-9  LNDM01 
Arnebia euchroma Perennial0.3 -  LNDM02 
Arnica angustifolia alpinaMountain TobaccoPerennial0.5 3-7  LMHSNM03 
Artemisia mexicanaMexican White SagebrushPerennial1.0 -  LMNDM01 
Artemisia michauxianaMountain Sagewort, Michaux's wormwoodPerennial0.5 3-7  LMSNDM11 
Artemisia vulgarisMugwort, Common wormwood, Felon Herb, Chrysanthemum Weed, Wild WormwoodPerennial1.2 3-9 FLMHSNDM231
Artocarpus odoratissimusMarang, TerapTree25.0 10-12 MLMHNM400
Arundinaria sppRunning BambooBamboo10.0 4-10 FLMHFSNM314
Asplenium trichomanesMaidenhair Spleenwort, Dense spleenwort, Toothed spleenwort, Brightgreen spleenwortFern0.4 5-9  LMFSM11 
Aster novi-belgiiMichaelmas Daisy, New York AsterPerennial1.2 4-8 MLMHSNM002
Astragalus edulisMilkvetchAnnual0.3 0-0  LMND20 
Astragalus glycyphyllosMilk Vetch, Licorice milkvetchPerennial0.2 3-7  LMND104
Astragalus mongholicusMongolian AstragalusPerennial0.8 5-9  LMND032
Astronium balansaeAstroniumTree15.0 10-12  LMNM004
Astronium urundeuvaUrundayTree10.0 10-12 MLMHNDM043
Atriplex maximowiczianaMaximowicz's saltbushPerennial0.8 0-0  LMNDM20 
Baccharis vimineaMule's FatShrub4.0 7-10  LMHNDM11 
Bambusa heterostachyaMalay Dwarf GreenBamboo8.0 10-12 FLMHSNM003
Basella albaMalabar Spinach, Indian Spinach, Ceylon spinach,Perennial Climber9.0 9-11 FLMHNM422
Bauhinia vahliiMalu Creeper, Adda Leaf, Pahur Camel's Foot CreeperClimber20.0 7-11 FLMHNM234
Bauhinia variegataMountain EbonyTree12.0 8-11  LMHSNMWe122
Berberis buxifoliaMagellan BarberryShrub2.5 4-8  LMHSNDM423
Brassica creticaMustardPerennial1.0 0-0  LMHNM20 
Brassica oleracea medullosaMarrow-Stem KaleBiennial/Perennial0.9 -  LMHSNM40 
Brassica rapa nipposinicaMizunaBiennial0.3 6-9 FLMHSNM400
Brassica rapa perviridisMustard SpinachBiennial0.5 6-9 FLMHSNM30 
Bromus breviaristatusMountain BromePerennial0.8 -  LMHSNDM10 
Bromus mangoMango, Mango bromeBiennial1.0 0-0  LMHSNM20 
Bromus marginatusMountain BromePerennial1.0 -  LMHSNDM10 
Buddleia officinalisMi Meng HuaShrub2.0 7-10  LMHNDM02 
Bulbinella hookeriMaori OnionBulb0.7 7-10  LMSNDM10 
Burchardia umbellataMilkmaidsPerennial0.6 8-11  LMNDM20 
Cacalia peltifolia Perennial1.8 -  LMHFSWeM10 
Caesalpinia decapetalaMysore Thorn, ShooflyShrub3.0 7-10  LMHNM022
Calamus spp.Rattan PalmPerennial50.0 10-12 MLMHSNM225
Calathea allouiaSweetcorn Root, Guinea ArrowrootPerennial2.0 10-12 MLMHSNM401
Calochortus aureusMariposa Lily, Golden mariposa lilyBulb0.3 3-7  LMNDM20 
Calochortus gunnisoniiMariposa Lily, Gunnison's mariposa lilyBulb0.3 3-7  LMNDM21 
Calochortus pulchellusMount Diablo Globelily, Mt. diablo fairy-lanternBulb0.3 3-7  LMSNDM20 
Caltha palustrisMarsh Marigold, Yellow marsh marigoldPerennial0.3 3-7  LMHSNWeWa22 
Camelina sativaGold Of PleasureAnnual0.6 6-9  LMHSNDM30 
Campanula lactifloraMilky BellflowerPerennial1.0 4-8  LMSNM30 
Campanula lasiocarpaMountain harebellPerennial0.2 4-8  LNM20 
Canarium luzonicumManila ElemiTree30.0 10-12  LMHNM434
Carduus nutansMusk Thistle, Nodding plumeless thistleBiennial0.9 6-9  LMHNM223
Carpobrotus acinaciformisHottentot FigPerennial0.1 8-11  LNDM20 
Carpobrotus edulisHottentot Fig,Perennial0.1 7-10  LNDM222
Carpobrotus glaucescensPigfacePerennial0.3 8-11  LMHSNDM322
Carya hybridsHybrid and neohybrid hickoriesTree40.0 4-11 MLMHNDM433
Carya tomentosaMockernut,White Heart Hickory, Mockernut HickoryTree30.0 4-9 MLMHNDM31 
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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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