Plant that begins with 'u'

flamingogal(Kansas)May 18, 2002

I am a preschool teacher in an elementary school in KS. We are creating an ABC garden and are looking for a plant that begins with the letter "u". We can always be creative and find some kind of "ugly" plant, but would prefer to have a plant that actually begins with "u". Last year we just put an umbrella plant out in a pot, but would like something different this year. Any ideas??

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albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)

Elm trees are of the genus Ulmus. I don't know anything about kids, this may be a stretch.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2002 at 4:47PM
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katybird_PA(z6 PA)

Uvularia. I believe the common name is merry bells.
It scares me that this immediately came to mind when I saw the subject of your post. Too much time reading my garden books!

    Bookmark   May 21, 2002 at 3:12PM
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I do not recall that many plants beginning with the letter *U* but here are a few;-

Ugni [Chilean Guava] ;- A beautiful evergreen shrub .
Ulex [Gorse] ;- An unusual, almost leafless, fragrant flowers shrub.
Umbellularia [Headache tree] ;- It is said that the aromatic leaves are used as an insect repellent.
Urceolina ;- Not sure of the common name. A genus of spring flowering bulbs.
Urginea [Hook sedge] ;- Another flowering bulb that flowers in late summer.
Ursinia [Star of the veld] ;- A genus of perennials and annuals, some for foliage others for flowers.
Utricularia [Bladderwort] ;- Carnivorous water plants.
Uebelmannia [Cacti] ;- I think this unique genus is from Basil.
Uncarina [Succulent] ;- Trees and shrubs with beautiful flowers and fuzzy leaves.

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    Bookmark   May 22, 2002 at 10:47AM
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Thanks for the post, I am kindergarten teacher and we just completed our ABC garden and I could not find a "U" plant for our zone.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2002 at 11:12PM
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Umbrella Palm. It is a water plant but could be grown in a pot if it is kept moist. You might try it. Look for it at a water garden center or sometimes Lowe's has it.
Good Luck,

    Bookmark   June 23, 2002 at 10:34PM
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Uva-ursi (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) AKA kinnikinnik - native evergreen groundcover with pink flowers and bright red berries. Not poisonous. Hardy.

Umbellularia californica - California bay laurel/Oregon myrtle - native evergreen tree with aromatic and edible leaves. Can be used as a substitute for bay leaves (but the taste is much stronger) Zones 8 and up.

Umbrella pine (Sciadopitys verticillata) - conifer that is native to Japan, slow grower, hardy.

Umbrella plant (Cyperus alternifolius) - related to papyrus, the plant the Egyptians used to make paper. Water sedge, 2-4 feet, self sows and may be weedy, tender.

Umbrella magnolia (Magnolia tripetala) - deciduous tree to 40 feet high, hardy. Doesn't bloom until 10 years old, but has 10 inch wide white flowers in summer.

Umbrella tree/octopus tree (Schefflera actinophylla) - Evergreen shrub, tropical, usually a houseplant.

Urbinia agavoides (AKA Echeveria agavoides) - Succulents, tender, looks like hens-and-chicks.

BTW, Gorse (Ulex) catches on fire very easily, has many large thorns, and is poisonous. It is a listed noxious weed in Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii, and should not be planted in the arid SW, where it would be a fire danger. Check with your local government before you plant this.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2002 at 5:41PM
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I believe there is a fruit called "Ugli" fruit. I have no idea what the plant name is, though.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2002 at 12:26AM
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pepper7(z7 TN)

I have something in my garden right now called a unicorn plant aka devil's claw. A word of warning though, mine have gotten so big I have had to chop off large sections. Plus the leaves are sticky, almost like flypaper. I grew this with my tomatoes because I was told it would attract tomato horn worms to it rather than my tomatoes. I don't think this will be a repeater for me next year though.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2002 at 10:38AM
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albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)

Ugli fruit is a registered trade name for cross between a mandarin orange and a pomelo.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2002 at 3:56PM
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Doris_J(Z8 WA)

Uncinia uncinata (Red New Zealand Hook Sedge)

    Bookmark   August 11, 2002 at 12:00AM
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