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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Well-known as a festive winter decoration, common holly is one of Britain's few native evergreen trees.
Farges’s holly, named after the French missionary Paul Farges, is a Chinese holly with glossy dark green leaves and fragrant white flowers, followed by red berries.
An evergreen tree from China and Vietnam, star anise is cultivated for its aromatic fruits that are used to produce a spice similar in flavour to aniseed.
Alang-alang is considered one of the ten worst weeds in the world, but has many uses as a traditional medicine.
A vine from the morning glory family (Convolvulaceae), sweet potato is widely cultivated for its edible root tubers.
Iris afghanica has been described as the finest plant introduction from Afghanistan, and the most superb of the regelia irises.
Fringed iris is common in many parts of China and Japan and appears to have been cultivated in Europe since 1792.
English iris, which is in fact native to France and Spain, is a tall, sturdy, bulbous iris with deep blue flowers in mid-summer.
The striking Siberian iris was first brought into cultivation in the Middle Ages, and is still widely grown in temperate regions.
Iris variegata has striking bicoloured flowers and is the source of many of the most colourful bearded iris cultivars.
Doka is a vigorously colonising African tree which often dominates the woodland belt that stretches from Guinea in the west to Uganda in the east.
Part of an ancient group of plants related to the ferns, this species eluded discovery until 2007, hence its Latin name eludens.