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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.
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.
Treasure flowers, originally from South Africa, have been in cultivation since the 19th century, but are now also invasive plants in some parts of the world.
Hierochloe odorata is an aromatic grass native to Europe, Asia and North America, which has been used for incense and basketry by Native Americans.
Alang-alang is considered one of the ten worst weeds in the world, but has many uses as a traditional medicine.