Plants & Fungi A - Z
Explore our profiles of plants and fungi.
These illustrated profiles contain a wealth of facts, including details on conservation, uses and habitats – as well as Kew’s connections with the species. They have been chosen to inspire interest in plants, detail our science and conservation work and showcase star plants in the Gardens.
This is a constantly growing resource with new profiles added every week - so do be sure to check back regularly.
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Copper beech trees can be propagated by grafting to maintain the colour of the leaves.
Blue marguerite is a South African perennial, popularly cultivated for its bright blue flower heads.
The banyan is a type of strangling fig, native to India and Pakistan. Known in Hindu mythology as 'the wish-fulfilling tree', banyans represent eternal life.
Queen of the prairie is an attractive bog garden perennial, with clusters of rose-pink flowers and fragrant leaves.
Weeping forsythia is an elegant, hardy shrub, which is a welcome sight in spring, thanks to its abundance of bright golden-yellow flowers on bare branches.
White ash is a rapidly growing timber tree native to eastern North America. Its shock-resistant timber is used for tool handles and baseball bats.
One of Europe’s largest native deciduous trees, European ash provides tough, elastic timber that is widely used for furniture and also used to make tennis racquets and cricket stumps.
Frerea indica is an endangered succulent restricted to Maharashtra in western India.
Snake’s head fritillary has stunning, chequer-patterned flowers, and has become quite rare in the wild.