16 Plants That Start With A - Urban Agriculture

16 Plants That Start With A

Here’s a list of 16 plants that start with the letter A, including perennials, trees, blossoms, and vines— There’s plenty to choose from!

1. Acacia

Acacia varieties are renowned for their fluffy foliage and spectacular blossoms and are native to warm-weather climates such as Central and South America, Australia, Mexico, and the American South. They are usually bushes or small trees in the Southwest and are most widely planted in Florida and Texas.

They have a somewhat short lifespan (20-30 years), but they grow rapidly, have few enemies, and can endure weak and arid soils. Adequate drainage is required for these plants to flourish.

2. Agave

Agave plants work well as accents, home and garden decor, or in combination with flowers of opposing textures. They have lush, silky foliage as well as tall, ethereal blossom spikes. Flowering occurs in spurts and can take years. The primary plant drops after blooming, leaving shoots that eventually create new plants.

Agaves can tolerate humid climates but require excellent drainage. They flourish in pots and are not preyed upon by animals. Most are delicate, but certain kinds can withstand freezing conditions. In the wintertime, wet soil diminishes hardiness. Agave plants are also appropriate for seashore gardens.

3. Amaryllis

It’s difficult to stroll past full-blooming amaryllis without appreciating it. Those massive blossoms in bright, joyful colors are very stunning. Furthermore, this plant flowers over several days in the winter, often just in time for Christmas.

Amaryllis bulbs, on the other hand, don’t require much care throughout the hectic winter period: All you need to do is place your plant in a moderate, well-lit location and water it once a week. Then, those flat bulbs will quickly transform into stunning showpieces.

Waxed Amaryllis bulbs do not require soil since the wax retains all of the soil nutrients required for blooming. Simply place them in a comfortable, well-lit area and they will do their job. You might also choose to display them upside down for a unique look.

4. Angel’s Trumpet Brugmansia

The hanging bugle-shaped petals of Brugmansia render this plant a show-stopper in any environment. Brugmansia is a tropical shrub found in  Central and South America that can be cultivated as a thorny bush or a small tree.

People, dogs, and cats can be harmed by all portions of the Brugmansia plant as it is toxic.  In some regions of the world, it is also considered an invasive plant. In milder climates, Brugmansia can be planted as a pot plant and carried inside when temperatures fall.

It should be noted that only matured Brugmansia will blossom. It could take three to five years to see flowers if you began your shrub from seedlings.

5. Amethyst Flower

Blue flower enthusiasts will appreciate these plants. They feature one-sided bunches of lobelia-like blossoms in dazzling blue, purple, or white; blue and violet blooms are especially eye-catching.  In mild shade or partial sunlight, this plant blooms freely.

Elegant in hanging pots or containers. Sow seeds in the springtime for summertime bloom and in the fall for winter color in the warmer winter locations or inside. Plants can be lifted in the fall, clipped back, and potted; new shoots will flower throughout the winter in warm areas.

6. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a succulent species of plants in the Aloe genus. The plant has stemless or extremely short-stemmed leaves that spread out of the plant’s primary stem. The leaf’s edge is jagged with sharp teeth. The aloe vera plant is a simple, appealing succulent that makes for an excellent indoor decoration.

Aloe vera plants are also beneficial because the fluid from their stems can be used externally to treat pain from cuts and burns. This is why you’ll often find aloe vera extracts in moisturizers and aftersun lotions.

7. African Daisy

The African daisy blooms profusely in its native South Africa during the spring rains, but it blooms profusely in gardens throughout the summer. It is a delicate perennial that is often planted as an annual. It is a delicate perennial that is often planted as an annual.

It’s hardy enough to endure in hot, dry circumstances, like many plants in the daisy family from South Africa, yet a little rainfall will bring out spectacular blossoms. Arctotis closes its blossoms during cloudy days and at night.

8. Anthriscus

Also known as Cow Parsley, Anthriscus plants can be found in many regions all over the world. The Romans believed it purified their bloodstream and had healing effects, therefore they utilized it. It is now commonly used in seafood dishes, stews, and buttery sauces.

It is a resilient annual that produces bunches of little white flowers from mid-late spring to early and has pale green, fluffy leaves with a faint licorice flavor. Since seed germinates rapidly, it can be planted directly outside after all danger of freezing has gone.

9. Angelica

Angelica herb is a European herb that has been used to flavor a variety of popular liquors, including gin and martini. Angelica has a rich history of use as a spice, medicine, and tea. Planting Angelica, despite its uncommon cultivation, will boost the diversity and intrigue of flavors in your vegetable patch.

It is related to carrot plants and belongs to the parsley family. The plant’s foliage appears plain and uninteresting, but they can be preserved and used in teas or as a flavoring. The umbrella-like blooms are exceptionally spectacular, but they only appear every 2 years, and the shrub usually dies after blooming.

10. Anthurium

These wildflowers are native to tropical rainforests and are admired for their big, often velvety foliage and unusual blossoms (a big, flat bract with a thin, silky spike). They are usually cultivated as potted plants, even in hotter climes. In colder areas, anthuriums, often known as flamingo flowers, make interesting houseplants.

11. Anise

The seeds and oil of the Anise plant are widely used in the production of medication and flavorings. The root and leaves are also used to manufacture medication, however, this is less prevalent. Do not mix anise with some other herbs such as star anise or fennel.

These are also known as anise. The plant has lacy foliage and an abundance of white blooms, and it thrives as a robust decorative herb. Planting anise in the herb garden offers a practical supply of the seed, which may be used in stews, baking, and flavoring liqueurs.

12. Aralia

Aralia is a multi-stemmed shrub with over 70 varieties. With several different sorts of aralia to pick from, you can experience a wide range of shapes. Aralias plants thrive in full sun or light shade and well-drained soils.

Because high winds can scorch the leaves, the plants do best in a sheltered area. Aralia needs little trimming, but exterior aralias may necessitate sucker removal on a regular basis to protect the plant from expanding.

13. Alabama Snow Wreath

Neviusia alabamensis, sometimes known as Alabama snow wreath, is thought to be a Missouri indigenous but could now be endangered or even extinct in the state, having been last seen in 1918 in Poplar Bluff.

Despite scattered sightings of this species in Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas, and northern Missouri in the years since it remains extremely uncommon all throughout the habitat. It is a spherical, suckering deciduous bush that can grow to be 3-6′ tall and as broad as it is long, with upright stems that curve beautifully with maturity. 

14. Avocado

The avocado tree is thought to have originated in south-central Mexico. The tree’s fruit, often known as avocado, is a huge berry with a single enormous seed. Avocado plants are partially self-pollinating and are frequently reproduced by transplantation to ensure consistent fruit number and quality.

Avocados are grown in multiple nations with subtropical and Mediterranean temperatures, with Mexico being the largest manufacturer in 2019, accounting for 32% of the global total. When mature, the fruit of domesticated types has creamy flesh.

Avocados have greenish, brownish, purplish, or black skin when mature and can be pear-shaped, egg-shaped, or round, depending on the type.  The fruits are chosen while they are immature and then matured after picking.

15. Arrowhead Vine

The arrowhead plant is also known as the arrowhead vine. While it can be grown outside in some areas, the arrowhead shrub is most commonly grown as a potted plant. For added interest, grow the arrowhead shrub alone or with a mixed planter.

Furthermore, as the plant becomes older, it will begin to grow into a vine; thus, growing the arrowhead shrub in a hanging pot may be a smart choice. Similarly, the plant can be taught to grow on a rod or lattice for stability.

16. Alstroemeria

Alstroemerias are an excellent asset to borders and pots as they offer spectacular blossoms in a range of colors from summertime through to the first cold spells. Most are resilient and simple to grow, and they bloom profusely for many seasons.

They can also be used to make long-lasting fresh flowers. They grow in huge clusters and need partial sunlight to thrive.

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