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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Callicarpa argentii is one of four new species of Callicarpa recently described from the island of Borneo.
The pagoda flower, so called because of its tall, pyramidal inflorescences, is one of the most spectacular Clerodendrum species.
The white dead-nettle has nettle shaped leaves that do not sting, and grows in woodlands and grasslands.
The leaf markings of the spotted dead-nettle make it an attractive and popular choice for gardeners, and along with its large purple flowers easily distinguish it from the common stinging nettle (Urtica dioica).
Fringed lavender is an attractive, highly aromatic, winter-flowering shrub for an unheated conservatory.
Lavandula minutolii is an attractive winter-flowering shrub for the conservatory with aromatic, feathery grey leaves and spikes of blue flowers.
A vigorous, aromatic perennial native to southern and western Europe, apple mint is grown as a culinary herb and ornamental.
Ocimum basilicum, commonly known as basil, is an aromatic annual herb and an important economic crop.
Holy basil is an important medicinal and religious plant closely related to the basil we use for cooking.
A very common herb, oregano is widely used to give flavour to tomato or lamb dishes.
Turkish sage is a stately plant, bearing whorls of hooded pale yellow flowers in summer and autumn.
This small member of the mint family lives in and around waterfalls in West Africa.
More: Mint family
Livingstone potato is a yellow-flowered member of the mint family, with elongated edible tubers.
Malbau is a common beach plant from southeast Asia and the Pacific. The crushed leaves smell of cat's urine.
Selfheal is a common herb in Britain and has a long history of medicinal use.
The 'wonder-herb' rosemary has been used variously as a medicine, food preservative, stimulant, memory enhancer, and of course as a flavoursome cooking ingredient.
Beach salvia is a spreading shrub with rounded, greyish leaves and unusual orange-brown flowers.
For nearly 40 years it was thought that the Cayman sage was extinct, but after the distribution of 'Wanted' posters in 2007 it was rediscovered.
Skullcap is a common waterside plant found throughout the United Kingdom and the Northern Hemisphere.
The downy woundwort is rare in the UK, and so benefits from full protection under the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act.
More: Mint family
Teak is well known for its high quality timber, and has also been used for traditional medicine in southeast Asia.