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Plants that start with S

Plants that start with S

The most well-known plants and fungi, listed by their common names.

Sis forSage

Scientific name: salvia officinalis
Sage is a shrub originally from the Mediterranean region. It has pale greyish furry leaves, and grows all year around. Is used to flavour fatty meat dishes, and as an ingredient in sausages in some countries. It is very commonly used with onions as stuffing for chicken or pork.
Scientific name: echium plantagineum
Salvation Jane, also known as Patterson's curse or Viper's Bugloss, was a garden plant in Europe but once introduced to Australia it became one of the worst weeds in the country. It grows to about 60cm tall and has purple flowers. It is toxic and can kill some animals like sheep and horses if they eat too much of it.
Photo of tree sap

Sis forSap

Sap is the thick, sticky fluid that is inside tree branches and stems. You can't see it until the plant is damaged in some way, like having a branch cut off or some kind of insect bores a hole into it. Many kinds of sap are sweet and are eaten by birds and insects. People collect the sap from maple trees to make maple syrup. Latex is made from sap as well.
Photo of scallions

Sis forScallion

Scientific name: allium wakegi
A scallion, also called a green onion or spring onion, is a type of onion that doesn't have a large bulb at the bottom and is grown for its leaves and stems. They are commonly used in stir-fries and salads.
Photo of seaweed

Sis forSeaweed

Seaweed is the common name for any very large kinds of algae that grow in the sea. Seaweed comes in all shapes and sizes, but the majority is long and thin and strap-like. Some kinds of seaweed are edible, and can be used raw or cooked in soups or in sushi.
Photo of some sprouting seeds

Sis forSeed

Baby plants grow from seeds. If you bury a seed in soil and keep it moist, after a few days it will crack open and grow. Roots grow first from the seed, then the leaves. The seeds in the picture are sunflower seeds, just beginning to sprout.
Photo of shallots

Sis forShallot

Scientific name: allium oschaninii
Shallots, also called eschallots, are a type of onion, but with a sweeter and milder flavour. Like garlic, they grow in clusters that can be separated.
Photo of shrubs

Sis forShrub

Shrubs, sometimes called bushes, are small trees that branch from near the ground instead of having a long, bare trunk. Shrubs are often grown in people's gardens.
Photo of silverbeet
Scientific name: beta vulgaris
Silverbeet is a vegetable better known as chard in many countries.
Photo of snapdragons
Scientific name: antirrhinum majus
Snapdragons are an old-fashioned flower. The flower can be squeezed to make it open like a dragon's mouth, which is why they are called snapdragons. They should be planted in well-drained soil in full sun. They can be planted at any time of year, and take about 8-10 weeks to flower. They come in a big range of colours, but shades of pink and white are most common.