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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Alnus incanaGrey Alder, Speckled alder, Thinleaf alder, White AlderTree18.0 2-6 FMHSNDMWe003
Alnus serrulataSmooth Alder, Hazel alderShrub4.5 3-9  MHNMWe022
Ardisia sieboldiiDuo Zhi Zi Jin NiuShrub6.0 0-0  LMHSM100
Babiana plicataBaboon RootCorm0.2 8-11  LNDM10 
Baccharis genistelloidesCarquejaPerennial2.0 10-12  LMHNMWe040
Baccharis halimifoliaBush Groundsel, Eastern baccharis, High Tide Bush, Sea Myrtle, Salt BushShrub3.5 4-8 MLMHNDM01 
Baccharis patagonica Shrub3.0 7-10 SLMHNM00 
Baccharis pilularisDwarf Chaparral Broom, Coyotebrush , Chaparral BroomShrub0.5 8-10 FLMHNDM01 
Baccharis vimineaMule's FatShrub4.0 7-10  LMHNDM11 
Baccharoides hymenolepisBaccharoidesShrub4.0 10-12 FLMHNM423
Backhousia myrtifoliaGrey MyrtleShrub12.0 8-11  LMNM00 
Bacopa monnieriHerb of Grace, Brahmi, Smooth Water HyssopPerennial0.3 8-11 FLMHSNMWe341
Bactris gasipaesPeach Palm, PupunhaTree15.0 11-12 FLMHSNM524
Baeckea gunniana Shrub1.5 8-11  LMNM10 
Baikiaea plurijugaRhodesian Teak, Zambesi RedwoodTree15.0 10-12 SLMHSNM124
Baillonella toxispermaAfrican Pearwood, False Shea ButternutTree50.0 10-12 FLMHSNM334
Balanites aegyptiacaDesert Date. Desert date, Soapberry treeTree6.0 10-12 SLMHNMWe323
Ballota acetabulosa Perennial0.5 7-10  LMHNDM00 
Ballota nigraBlack HorehoundPerennial0.9 7-10  LMHFSNM03 
Ballota pseudodictamnus Perennial0.6 7-10  LMHNDM00 
Balsamorhiza deltoideaDeltoid BalsamrootPerennial0.6 4-8  LMNDM41 
Balsamorhiza hookeriBalsam Root, Hooker's balsamroot, Hairy balsamroot, Idaho balsamroot, Rabbithead balsamroot, NeglePerennial0.3 4-8  LMNDM41 
Balsamorhiza incanaHoary BalsamrootPerennial0.9 4-8  LMNDM31 
Balsamorhiza sagittataOregon Sunflower, Arrowleaf balsamrootPerennial0.3 4-8  LMNDM422
Bambusa atraClumping Bamboo. Long pipe bamboo.Bamboo8.0 10-12 FLMHNMWe203
Bambusa bambosGiant Thorny BambooBamboo30.0 10-12 FMHSNM335
Bambusa blumeanaSpiny Bamboo. Spiny bamboo, Thorny bambooBamboo20.0 10-12 FMHNM203
Bambusa heterostachyaMalay Dwarf GreenBamboo8.0 10-12 FLMHSNM003
Bambusa multiplexHedge Bamboo, Chinese Goddess BambooBamboo4.5 8-11 FLMSNM20 
Bambusa nutansNodding Bamboo, Mai bongBamboo12.0 9-10 FLMHSNM204
Bambusa odashimaeOdashimae BambooBamboo15.0 9-12 FLMHSNM400
Bambusa oldhamiiRyoku-Chiku, Giant Timber Bamboo, Oldham's BambooBamboo6.0 9-12  LMHSNM203
Bambusa pervariabilisClumping BambooBamboo8.0 9-11 FLMHSNM304
Bambusa polymorphaBurmese bamboo, Jama BetuaBamboo12.0 9-12 FLMHSNM204
Bambusa textilisClumping Bamboo. Weaver's bambooBamboo8.0 7-11 FLMHSNM304
Bambusa tuldaBengal Bamboo. Spineless Indian bambooBamboo15.0 10-12 FLMHSNM204
Bambusa vulgarisCommon BambooBamboo20.0 9-12 FLMHSNM324
Banisteriopsis caapiYage, Ayahuasca, CaapiClimber30.0 10-12  LMHSNM040
Banksia integrifoliaCoast BanksiaTree9.0 8-11  LMNM20 
Banksia marginataSilver BanksiaTree9.0 8-11  LMNM20 
Baphia nitidaCamwood, BaphiaTree10.0 10-12  LMHNM224
Baphicacanthus cusia Perennial0.6 -  LMHSNM02 
Baptisia australisWild Indigo, Blue wild indigo, Blue False IndigoPerennial1.5 3-9 SLMNDM022
Baptisia bracteataPlains Wild Indigo, Longbract wild indigo, False Indigo, Cream Wild IndigoPerennial0.7 4-9 MLMNDM02 
Baptisia lacteaWild IndigoPerennial2.0 4-8  LMNM01 
Baptisia pendulaWhite False Indigo, False IndigoPerennial1.0 3-9 SLMNM00 
Baptisia tinctoriaWild Indigo, HorseflyweedPerennial0.9 4-8  LMNDM132
Barbarea australis Biennial/Perennial0.5 -  LMHSNM21 
Barbarea orthocerasAmerican YellowrocketPerennial0.5 0-0  LMHSNM200
Barbarea vernaLand Cress, Early yellowrocketBiennial0.3 5-9  LMHFSNM30 
Barbarea vulgarisYellow Rocket, Garden yellowrocketPerennial0.4 5-9  LMHSNM310
Barringtonia edulisVutu kana, Cut nutTree12.0 10-12 FLMHSNM422
Barringtonia novae hiberniaePao NutTree10.0 10-12 FLMHNM422
Barringtonia proceraPao nuts, Cut nutTree10.0 10-12 MLMHSNM422
Basella albaMalabar Spinach, Indian Spinach, Ceylon spinach,Perennial Climber9.0 9-11 FLMHNM422
Bassia scopariaSummer Cypress, BurningbushAnnual0.3 5-9  LMNM221
Bauhinia forficataBrazilian Orchid TreeTree12.0 10-12 FLMHNM043
Bauhinia petersianaWhite bauhinia, Zambezi coffeeTree7.0 9-12 FLMNDM322
Bauhinia purpureaOrchid Tree, Purple Butterfly Tree, Mountain Ebony, Geranium Tree, Purple BauhiniaTree10.0 9-12 FLMSNM224
Bauhinia thonningiiCamel's foot tree, monkey breadTree5.0 10-12 MLMHNDM323
Bauhinia vahliiMalu Creeper, Adda Leaf, Pahur Camel's Foot CreeperClimber20.0 7-11 FLMHNM234
Bauhinia variegataMountain EbonyTree12.0 8-11  LMHSNMWe122
Beckmannia eruciformisSloughgrassPerennial1.5 -  LMHSNMWeWa20 
Beckmannia syzigachneAmerican SloughgrassPerennial1.5 -  LMHSNMWeWa20 
Begonia grandis evansianaHardy BegoniaPerennial1.0 6-9 MLMHSM02 
Begonia palmata Perennial0.4 -  LMHSM11 
Begonia picta Perennial0.2 -  LMHSM22 
Beilschmiedia sikkimensis Tree0.0 -  LMHSNM00 
Beilschmiedia tawaTawaTree25.0 -  LMHSNM20 
Belamcanda chinensisLeopard Lily, Blackberry lily, Leopard FlowerPerennial1.0 4-10 FLMSNM13 
Bellis perennisDaisy, Lawndaisy, English DaisyPerennial0.2 4-8 MLMHSNM231
Benincasa hispidaWax GourdAnnual6.0 9-11  LMHNM33 
Berberidopsis corallinaCoral PlantClimber5.0 7-10 MLMHFSM00 
Berberis aggregataSalmon BarberryShrub1.5 5-9 MLMHSNDM321
Berberis amurensis Shrub3.5 5-9  LMHSNDM22 
Berberis angulosa Shrub1.0 5-9  LMHSNDM321
Berberis aristataChitra, Indian Barberry or Tree TurmericShrub3.5 5-9 MLMHSNDM433
Berberis asiaticaChutro, Rasanjan (Nep); marpyashi (Newa); Daruharidra, Darbi (Sans)Shrub3.5 7-10 MLMHFSNDM432
Berberis buxifoliaMagellan BarberryShrub2.5 4-8  LMHSNDM423
Berberis calliantha Shrub0.7 6-9  LMHSNDM22 
Berberis canadensisAllegheny Barberry, American barberryShrub1.8 4-8 MLMHSNDM321
Berberis capillaris Shrub1.0 7-10  LMHSNDM22 
Berberis chengii Shrub0.0 -  LMHSNDM12 
Berberis chinensis Shrub0.0 5-9  LMHSNM12 
Berberis chitria Shrub4.0 -  LMHSNDM22 
Berberis concinna Shrub1.0 4-8  LMHSNDM22 
Berberis cooperi Shrub1.5 4-8  LMHSNM321
Berberis darwiniiDarwin's Barberry, Darwin's berberisShrub3.0 7-9 MLMHSNM423
Berberis empetrifolia Shrub0.3 6-9  LMHSNDM22 
Berberis everstiana Shrub1.5 4-8  LMHSNDM22 
Berberis fendleriColorado BarberryShrub1.5 5-9  LMHSNDM22 
Berberis flexuosa Shrub0.0 -  LMHSNDM12 
Berberis gagnepainii Shrub2.4 4-8  LMHSNDM22 
Berberis georgiiBarberryShrub3.0 3-7 MLMHSNDM321
Berberis heterophylla Shrub1.5 7-10  LMHSNDM12 
Berberis jaeschkeana Shrub0.8 -  LMHSNDM12 
Berberis koreanaKorean Barberry, BarberryShrub1.5 3-7 MLMHSNDM12 
Berberis lycium Shrub3.0 5-9 MLMHSNDM331
Berberis parisepala Shrub3.0 5-9  LMHSNDM22 
Berberis rariflora Shrub0.0 -  LMHSNDM22 
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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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