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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Abies veitchiiVeitch Fir, ChristmastreeTree25.0 3-7 FLMHFSNM00 
Acer circinatumVine MapleTree12.0 6-9 SLMHSNM21 
Achlys triphyllaVanilla leaf, Sweet after deathPerennial0.4 0-0  LMHSM01 
Allanblackia floribundaVegetable Tallow. Tallow treeTree25.0 10-12 FLMHSNM322
Allanblackia parvifloraVegetable tallow tree, OuoteraTree20.0 10-12 FLMHSNM322
Ammi visnagaVisnaga. Khella. Bishop's Weed, ToothpickweedAnnual/Biennial0.8 0-0  LMHSNM15 
Aristolochia serpentariaVirginia SnakerootPerennial0.5 7-10  LMHSNDM03 
Barringtonia edulisVutu kana, Cut nutTree12.0 10-12 FLMHSNM422
Bulnesia arboreaVerawoodTree15.0 9-12 SLMHNDM004
Chrysopogon zizanioidesVetiver, Vetiver Root, Khus KhusPerennial1.8 7-11 FLMSNMWe224
Cirsium virginianumVirginia thistleBiennial1.2 0-0  LMHNMWe10 
Cissus quadrangularisVeldt GrapeClimber5.0 10-12 FLMHNDM242
Commelina virginicaVirginia Day-FlowerAnnual/Perennial1.2 -  LMSNDM20 
Cynanchum atratumBai WeiPerennial Climber0.6 -  LMHSNM12 
Dendrocalamus brandesiiVelvet Leaf Bamboo, Clumping BambooBamboo25.0 9-10 FLMHNM304
Echium vulgareViper's Bugloss, Common viper's buglossBiennial/Perennial0.9 0-0  LMHNDM120
Equisetum variegatumVariegated Horsetail, Variegated scouringrush, Alaskan scouringrushPerennial0.6 0-0  LMHSNDM023
Gaylussacia brachyceraBox HuckleberryShrub0.5 5-9  LMHFSNDM202
Gaylussacia frondosaDangleberry, Blue huckleberryShrub1.8 5-9  LMHSNDM300
Hebe salicifolia Shrub4.5 6-9  LMNM013
Hebe speciosaNew Zealand hebeShrub1.5 6-9  LMNM002
Hebe x franciscanaHebeShrub2.5 9-11 SLMSNM003
Hydrophyllum virginianumVirginia Waterleaf, Eastern waterleafPerennial0.6 4-8  LMHSM31 
Legousia speculum-venerisVenus' Looking GlassAnnual0.3 -  LMHNM20 
Lepidium rotundumVeined PeppercressPerennial0.2 -  LMHSNM20 
Leymus racemosusVolga Wild Rye, Mammoth wildryePerennial1.2 4-8  LMHNDM30 
Lophostemon confertusVinegar Tree, Brisbane BoxTree30.0 9-12 FMHSNM004
Malva alceaVervain mallow, Hollyhock MallowPerennial1.2 4-8 FLMHSNM512
Ocotea cymosaVarongyTree20.0 10-12 MLMFSNM204
Opuntia tomentosaVelvet prickly pear, Woollyjoint PricklypearPerennial4.5 9-12 MLMNDM303
Oxalis violaceaViolet Wood SorrelBulb0.3 4-8  LMHSNDM31 
Panicum obtusumVine MesquitePerennial0.8 -  LMHNM20 
Parthenocissus quinquefoliaVirginia Creeper, WoodbineClimber30.0 3-10 FLMHSNM220
Penthorum sedoidesVirginian Stonecrop, Ditch stonecropPerennial1.0 0-0  LMHSNWeWa12 
Persicaria odorataVietnamese coriander, Asian mintPerennial0.2 9-11 FLMHSNMWe322
Phyllostachys praecoxViolet BambooBamboo6.0 6-10  LMHFSNM303
Physalis virginianaVirginia Ground CherryPerennial0.6 6-9  LMHSNM210
Phytelephas aequatorialisVegetable ivory, Corozo, Ivory palmTree12.0 10-12 MLMHSNM204
Phytelephas macrocarpaVegetable Ivory, Tagua, Nut Palm, Ivory nut palmTree3.5 10-12 SLMHNM204
Pycnanthemum virginianumVirginia Mountain MintPerennial1.0 4-8  LMHSNDM22 
Quercus ithaburensis macrolepisValonia OakTree15.0 6-9  MHSNDM420
Rosa virginianaVirginia RoseShrub1.5 3-7 MLMHSNDM21 
Rubus abbreviansVermont blackberryShrub0.0 0-0  LMHSNM301
Salicornia virginicaVirginia GlasswortPerennial0.3 -  LMHNM11 
Salix daphnoidesViolet Willow, Daphne willowTree10.0 4-8 FLMHNMWe123
Sapium sebiferumVegetable Tallow, Chinese tallow, Popcorn Tree, Chinese Tallow TreeTree9.0 8-11 FLMHNM224
Scutellaria laterifloraVirginian Skullcap, Blue skullcapPerennial0.6 6-9  LMHNM032
Securidaca longipedunculataViolet TreeTree6.0 10-12  LMHSNM143
Sesbania grandifloraVegetable Hummingbird, Agati,Tree12.0 9-12 FLMHNMWe324
Smilacina racemosaFalse SpikenardPerennial1.0 2-8  LMHFSM422
Trilisa odoratissimaVanilla Plant, VanillaleafPerennial1.0 0-0  LMSNM11 
Triticum vaviloviVavilov's WheatAnnual0.0 -  LMHNM20 
Vaccaria hispanicaCow Cockle, Cow soapwortAnnual0.6 0-0  LMHNM130
Vaccinium alaskaenseAlaska BlueberryShrub1.8 -  LMSNM20 
Vaccinium angustifoliumLow Sweet Blueberry, Lowbush blueberryShrub0.2 2-6  LMSNDM310
Vaccinium angustifolium laevifoliumLow Sweet BlueberryShrub0.6 2-6  LMSNDM300
Vaccinium arbusculaDwarf bilberryShrub0.6 0-0  LMSNMWe10 
Vaccinium brittonii Shrub2.0 -  LMSNDM10 
Vaccinium constablaeiHillside BlueberryShrub1.0 -  LMSNM30 
Vaccinium formosumSwamp Highbush Blueberry, Southern blueberryShrub4.0 5-9  LMSNM300
Vaccinium fuscatumBlack Highbush BlueberryShrub3.5 4-8  LMSNMWe300
Vaccinium melanocarpumGeorgia BlueberryShrub1.2 5-9  LMSNM20 
Vaccinium membranaceumMountain Huckleberry, Thinleaf huckleberryShrub1.0 5-9  LMSNM310
Vaccinium mortiniaMortiñoShrub2.0 8-11  LMSNM20 
Vaccinium myrsinitesFlorida Evergreen Blueberry, Shiny blueberryShrub0.5 6-9  LMSNM21 
Vaccinium myrtilloidesSourtop Blueberry, Velvetleaf huckleberryShrub0.6 0-0  LMSNM31 
Vaccinium myrtillusBilberry, WhortleberryShrub0.2 3-7  LMSNM431
Vaccinium oldhamii Shrub3.5 5-9  LMSNM20 
Vaccinium padifoliumMadeiran WhortleberryShrub2.5 8-11  LMSNM20 
Vaccinium salicinum Shrub0.0 -  LMSNM20 
Vaccinium scopariumGrouseberry, Grouse whortleberryShrub0.2 3-7  LMSNM21 
Vaccinium sprengelii Shrub3.0 6-9  LMSNM10 
Vaccinium stamineumDeerberryShrub3.0 4-8  LMSNDM300
Vaccinium vacillansDryland BlueberryShrub1.2 5-9  LMSNDM300
Valeriana capitataValerian, Captiate valerianPerennial0.6 0-0  LMHNMWe11 
Valeriana ciliataTobacco RootPerennial0.8 -  LMHNM10 
Valeriana jatamansiIndian ValerianPerennial0.5 -  LMHNM03 
Valeriana obovataTobacco RootPerennial1.2 -  LMHNM21 
Valeriana officinalisValerian, Garden valerianPerennial1.5 4-8  LMHNM233
Valeriana sambucifolia Perennial1.5 4-8  LMHSNM23 
Valerianella locustaCorn Salad, Lewiston cornsaladAnnual0.3 4-8  LMHNDM40 
Vallisneria americanaWater Celery, American eelgrassPerennial0.0 8-11  LMHNWa10 
Vanilla planifoliaVanillaPerennial Climber15.0 10-12 M FSDM423
Verbascum densiflorumMulleinBiennial1.2 4-8  LMHNDM022
Verbena officinalisVervain, Herb of the cross, Prostrate verbenaPerennial0.6 4-8  LMHNM13 
Veronica anagallis-aquaticaWater SpeedwellPerennial0.3 -  LMHNWeWa22 
Veronica catenata Perennial0.0 -  LMHNWeWa10 
Veronica politaGray field speedwellAnnual0.3 0-0  LMHNM21 
Vetiveria zizanioidesVetiveria, VetivergrassPerennial1.6 7-11  LMHSNM200
Viburnum cassinoidesWithe Rod, Appalachian Tea, Witherod Viburnum, Witherod, Wild Raisin ViburnumShrub2.5 2-8 MLMHSNM310
Viburnum cordifoliumViburnumTree6.0 8-9 MLMHSNM10 
Viburnum cotinifolium Shrub3.5 5-9  LMHSNM303
Viburnum cylindricum Shrub5.0 5-9  LMHSNM11 
Viburnum eduleMooseberry, SquashberryShrub2.5 4-8  LMHSNM313
Viburnum erosumViburnumShrub1.8 6-9 MLMHSNM20 
Viburnum farreriCulver's root, Fragrant ViburnumShrub3.0 5-8 MLMHSNM300
Viburnum grandiflorumCranberry bush,Shrub2.0 6-9  LMHSNM300
Viburnum lantanoidesHobbleberryShrub3.0 3-7  LMHFSNM310
Viburnum mongolicum Shrub2.0 4-8  LMHSNM10 
Viburnum mullaha Shrub3.0 8-11  LMHSNM21 
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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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