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Okra is valued for its edible green fruits, said to be shaped like lady's fingers - one of its common names in British English.
Beetroot, Swiss chard, sugar beet and mangel-wurzel are all cultivars of the same species, Beta vulgaris.
Pineapple is a tropical plant widely cultivated for its distinctive fruits with their sweet yellow flesh and juice.
A woody climber native to Europe, common ivy has long been collected for winter decorations and is an important food-source for wildlife.
A distinctive symbol of remembrance, the common poppy has seeds that can lie dormant for over 80 years.
Although Darwin described the Chilean wine palm as a 'very ugly tree', many consider it to be one of the world's most magnificent palms.
A striking South American tree, the empty fruits of which may turn up in your potpourri.
The cotton daisy is one of the more widespread species in the mountainous areas of New Zealand.
Oriental paper bush is a beautiful, winter-flowering scented shrub, which has bark valued for making high-quality paper in Japan.
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.