Plants

Kew Gardens has one of the most diverse collections of living plants of any botanic garden in the world.

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From the tropics to the treetops

A world-famous living plant collection

Our magnificent scientific collection contains plants from tropical, temperate, arid and alpine climates. Our expert horticulturalists grow them both in our gardens and in controlled conditions within glasshouses and nurseries.

What is a Living Plant Collection?

A living collection is what sets a botanic garden apart from a park or public garden. 

It is a group of plants grown especially for research, conservation, education purposes or ornamental display.

To help our visitors understand and learn from this work, we accurately identify and document the plants in our Gardens to support this work. 

You can use our wide range of resources to access plant and fungal data.

The collections at Kew

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Alpine and Rock Garden Collection

A collection of plants from the alpine and rocky regions of the world.

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Aquatic Collection

A collection of waterlilies, lotuses and other aquatic and marginal plants.

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Arboretum

A collection of temperate woody plants comprising 100 ha of botanical plantings and 30 ha of seminatural woodland.

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Cacti in the Princess of Wales Conservatory

Arid Collection

A collection of plants adapted to arid environments.

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Aroid Collection

A collection of species of Araceae, a widespread tropical family also found in north temperate regions.

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Bonsai Collection

A collection of deciduous and coniferous temperate woody trees and shrubs cultivated by the Bonsai Japanese art form.

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Bromeliad Collection

A collection of species of Bromeliaceae from humid tropical rainforests and arid regions.

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Carnivorous Plant Collection

A collection of plants that display carnivory, including five of the largest carnivorous genera.

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Cycad Collection

A collection of 83 cycad species from two of the three extant cycad families: Cycadaceae and Zamiaceae.

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Fern Collection

A collection of tropical and temperate ferns and lycopods.

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Grass Collection

A collection of annual and tropical grasses and cereals.

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Island Flora Collection

A collection of species from island floras of key interest to Kew.

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Mediterranean Garden Collection

A collection of plants from the Mediterranean Basin biodiversity hotspot.

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Orchid Collection

A collection of tropical, sub-tropical and temperate Orchidaceae.

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Palm Collection

A collection of tropical, sub-tropical and temperate Arecaceae.

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Temperate Herbaceous Collection

A collection of temperate, hardy, non-woody plants with some sub-shrubs.

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Tender Temperate Collection

A collection of frost sensitive temperate plant taxa, ranging from small herbaceous plants to woody trees.

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Tropical Herbaceous Collection

A collection of herbaceous species from the main tropical plant families of the world.

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Tropical Woody and Climbers Collection

A collection of woody plants and climbers from every tropical region in the world.

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