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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Abies balsameaBalsam FirTree15.0 3-6 SLMHFSNM35 
Abies concolorColorado Fir, White firTree45.0 3-7 FLMHFSNDM02 
Abies fraseriShe Balsam, Fraser fir, Southern Balsam FirTree15.0 4-7 FLMHFSNM130
Acacia angustissimaPrairie acacia. Timbre. Fernleaf AcaciaTree5.0 7-10 FLMHNDM234
Acacia verticillataPrickly MosesShrub6.0 7-10  LMHNDM10 
Acaenia anserinifoliaPirri-Pirri BurPerennial0.1 5-9 FLMHSNM11 
Acanthocereus tetragonusPitahaya. Barbed-wire cactus.Tree5.0 10-12 SLMND303
Acourtia microcephalaSacapellotePerennial1.4 7-10  LMNDM01 
Acrocarpus fraxinifoliusPink Cedar, Shingle TreeTree30.0 10-12 FMNM004
Actinidia purpureaPurple hardy kiwiClimber10.0 5-9  LMHSNM401
Adonis aestivalisPheasant's Eye, Summer pheasant's eyeAnnual0.3 5-9  LMHSNM01 
Adonis vernalisPheasant's Eye, Spring pheasant's eyePerennial0.3 3-7  LMHSNDM03 
Aechmea magdalenaePingwing. Ixtle, Pita plantPerennial2.5 10-12 SLMHFSM303
Aesculus californicaCalifornian Buckeye, California HorsechestnutTree12.0 6-10 MLMHNDM31 
Aesculus indicaIndian Horse ChestnutTree30.0 6-9  LMHSNM31 
Agathis mooreiPacific Kauri, Moore KauriTree25.0 10-12 MLMHFSNM104
Agave salmianaPulque Agave, Giant AgavePerennial2.0 9-11 MLMHNDM302
Albizia lucidiorPotka siris treeTree15.0 10-12 FLMHSNM003
Allium aflatunensePersian Onion, Ornamental OnionBulb1.0 4-8 MLMNM22 
Allium cepa aggregatumPotato OnionBulb1.2 4-8  LMNM433
Allium drummondiiPrairie Onion, Drummond's onionBulb0.3 6-9  LMNM32 
Allium stellatumPrairie Onion, Autumn onionBulb0.8 5-9 MLMNM32 
Aloe perryiPerry's AloePerennial0.3 10-12 SLMND041
Alstroemeria aureaPeruvian LilyPerennial1.0 7-10 MLMHSNM10 
Alstroemeria haemanthaPurple-spot parrot-lilyPerennial0.9 8-11  LMSNM30 
Alstroemeria pelegrinaPeruvian LilyPerennial0.5 8-11  LMSNDM20 
Althaea cannabinaPalm-leaf marshmallowPerennial1.8 4-8  LMHNDM00 
Amaranthus albusProstrate PigweedAnnual0.7 8-10  LMHNM201
Amaranthus cruentusPurple Amaranth, Red amaranthAnnual2.0 3-11  LMHNM422
Amaranthus hypochondriacusPrince's Feather, Prince-of-wales featherAnnual/Perennial1.2 3-10  LMHNM432
Amaranthus powelliiPowell's AmaranthAnnual1.8 6-11  LMHNM201
Amaranthus retroflexusPigweed, Redroot amaranth, Wild BeetAnnual0.9 3-11  LMHNM322
Amelanchier alnifolia semiintegrifoliaPacific ServiceberryShrub3.0 0-0 SLMHSNM511
Amelanchier interiorPacific serviceberryTree9.0 5-9  LMHSNM30 
Amelanchier pallidaPale ServiceberryShrub4.0 -  LMHSNM31 
Amelanchier sanguineaRoundleaf Serviceberry, Gaspé serviceberryShrub3.0 4-8  LMHSNDM30 
Ampelopsis arboreaPepper VineClimber10.0 6-9  MSNM20 
Ampelopsis brevipedunculataPorcelain Berry, Amur peppervine, Blueberry Climber, Porcelain Berry VineClimber20.0 5-8 FLMHSNM221
Anacamptis pyramidalisPyramidal OrchidPerennial0.3 5-9  LMHNDM21 
Ananas comosusPineapplePerennial1.0 9-11 FLMHSNM524
Anaphalis margaritaceaPearly Everlasting, Western pearly everlastingPerennial0.9 3-7  LMSNDM12 
Anethum graveolensDillAnnual0.8 2-11 MLMNM432
Angelica atropurpureaPurplestem AngelicaPerennial3.0 4-8  LMHSNM22 
Angelica decursiva Perennial1.5 -  LMHSNM22 
Aphanes arvensisParsley Piert, Field parsley piertAnnual0.1 0-0  LMHSNDM23 
Aplectrum hyemalePutty Root, Adam and evePerennial0.5 4-8  LMHFSM01 
Arachis glabrataPerennial peanutPerennial0.3 8-11 FLMHSNM103
Arachis hypogaeaPeanutAnnual0.3 7-10  LMHNM424
Arachis pintoiPinto peanutPerennial0.3 8-12 FLMHFSNMWe003
Araucaria angustifoliaParana Pine. Brazilian-pine, Candelabra-tree.Tree35.0 9-12 SLMHNM313
Arctostaphylos nevadensisPine-Mat ManzanitaShrub0.1 5-9 MLMSNM21 
Arctostaphylos parryanaParry ManzanitaShrub1.8 -  LMSNDM10 
Arctostaphylos pungensPointleaf ManzanitaShrub0.0 -  LMSNDM11 
Argemone mexicanaPrickly Poppy, Mexican pricklypoppyPerennial0.6 7-10  LNDM132
Aristolochia macrophyllaPipevine, Dutchman's PipeClimber7.0 5-8 FLMHSNDM01 
Aronia arbutifoliaRed ChokeberryShrub3.0 4-9  LMHSNM20 
Aronia prunifoliaPurple ChokeberryShrub3.0 4-8  LMHSNDM20 
Arracacia xanthorrhizaPeruvian Parsnip, ArracachaPerennial1.0 8-11  MSNM400
Arthropodium milleflorumPale Vanilla LilyPerennial0.3 7-10  LMNM30 
Asclepias halliiPurple Silkweed, Hall's milkweedPerennial1.0 3-7  LMSNDM31 
Asclepias lanceolataPurple Silkweed, Fewflower milkweedPerennial1.2 4-8  LMSNDM21 
Asclepias purpurascensPurple MilkweedPerennial0.8 -  LMSNDM21 
Asclepias sullivantiiPrairie milkweedPerennial1.2 0-0  LSNDM00 
Asclepias tuberosaPleurisy Root, Butterfly milkweed, Rolfs' milkweed, Indian PaintbrushPerennial0.8 3-9 MLMSNDM330
Asimina trilobaPapawShrub4.5 5-8 SMSNM423
Asparagus sauveolens Perennial1.0 -  LMHSNM10 
Asparagus setaceusAsparagus Fern, Common asparagus fern, Plumosa FernClimber3.0 9-11 MLMHNM10 
Aspidosperma polyneuronPeroba RosaTree15.0 10-12 SLMHSNM024
Asplenium scolopendriumHart's Tongue FernFern0.6 4-8 SLMFSDM02 
Aster puniceusPurplestem AsterPerennial1.3 3-8  LMHSNM022
Astilbe chinensisPumila Spirea,Chinese AstilbePerennial0.7 4-8 MLMHSMWe103
Astragalus adscendensPersian MannaShrub0.0 -  LMND20 
Astragalus pictus-filifoliusPainted MilkvetchPerennial0.3 -  LMND40 
Astroloma pinifoliumPine HeathShrub1.0 7-10  LMNDM30 
Athyrium niponicumPainted Fern, Japanese Silver Painted FernFern0.3 3-8 MLMHFSMWe10 
Atriplex powelliiPowell's SaltweedAnnual1.5 -  LMNDM20 
Attalea colendaPalma real, ChivilaTree25.0 10-12 MLMHNM403
Bactris gasipaesPeach Palm, PupunhaTree15.0 11-12 FLMHSNM524
Baptisia bracteataPlains Wild Indigo, Longbract wild indigo, False Indigo, Cream Wild IndigoPerennial0.7 4-9 MLMNDM02 
Barringtonia novae hiberniaePao NutTree10.0 10-12 FLMHNM422
Barringtonia proceraPao nuts, Cut nutTree10.0 10-12 MLMHSNM422
Bauhinia thonningiiCamel's foot tree, monkey breadTree5.0 10-12 MLMHNDM323
Betula papyriferaPaper Birch, Mountain paper birch, Kenai birchTree20.0 0-0 FLMHNDM324
Borassus flabelliferPalmyra PalmTree20.0 10-12 MLMHNDM423
Boronia pinnataPinnate BoroniaShrub2.0 8-11  LNDM00 
Botrychium australeParsley FernFern0.5 -  LMSNM10 
Brassica oleracea ramosaPerpetual KaleBiennial/Perennial0.9 0-0  LMHSNM400
Brassica rapa chinensisPak ChoiBiennial0.9 6-9  LMHSNM41 
Bromelia pinguinPinuela. PinguinPerennial1.0 9-12 FLMHSNDM302
Broussonetia papyriferaPaper MulberryTree9.0 6-11 MLMHNDM423
Bulnesia sarmientoiPao SantoTree18.0 10-12 SLMHNDM014
Bunium bulbocastanumPig Nut, Earth-nutPerennial0.6 4-8  LMHNM410
Cacalia atriplicifoliaPale indian plantainPerennial1.8 0-0  LMHFSM212
Caesalpinia echinataPau Brasil, Brazil Wood, Indian SavinTree12.0 10-12 MLMHSNM024
Cajanus cajanPigeon Pea, Puerto Rico Bean, Gandul, Dhal, Congo PeaShrub4.0 9-12 FLMHNM424
Calamus caesiusRotan SegaClimber100.0 10-12 FLMHSNM204
Calamus ovoideusEgg-shaped Rattan. Rotan OvoidClimber70.0 10-12 FLMHSNM204
Calamus radiatusRotan Rays. Radial Leaf RotanClimber50.0 11-12 FLMHSNM004
Calandrinia polyandraParakeelyaAnnual/Perennial0.1 -  LMNDM20 
Callirhoe involucrataPoppy Mallow, Purple poppymallow, Winecup, Finger Poppy MallowPerennial0.2 4-8 MLNDM320
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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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