The reproductive organs of most garden plants.

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What is this red stalk plant?

We have these all around the house we bought in fall. What are they? When should they flower? The previous owners were great fans of bulbs and flower beds. This is south east michigan.
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How do I propagate sunflowers?

I have a sunflower plant growing flowers, and I want to grow more sunflowers in my garden. How do I grow more sunflowers from the current plant?
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Why did my tulips die?

I planted three bulbs in a small vase, around 20 cm diameter, without a drainage hole. I planted them in November, outside under a roof, facing East, and watered them when the soil was dry. I'm in ...
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What is this Hibiscus-like flower?

Sorry, didn't get any pictures with more of the plant (but potentially could). Approximately 2m tall cultivated shrub in Southern California.
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What are these yellow, eight-petal flowers?

What are these yellow flowers? There are currently lots and lots of them (here in Central Europe, zone 6), mostly in the shade of large trees in a park environment. The flowers are approx. 2 cm in ...
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How can I control/remove unwanted grass in flower beds?

I have a flower bed with some ground cover, daffodils, tulips and a few shrubs. Lately grass has been growing pretty much everywhere, including through the ground cover. I tried an herbicide called ...
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What kind of tulip is this with pink flowers which resemble water lilies?

I suppose the picture (taken today in zone 6, Central Europe) shows some kind of tulips. Am I correct and if so what (hybrid) kind could it be?
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How did black-eyed Susans get their name?

Rudbeckia hirta, commonly called black-eyed Susans, are a native wildflower here in the US. Typically, when it comes to naming animals and plants, their common names stem from either the name of the ...
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What is the name of these blue seeds?

What is the name of the blue seeds in the upper left part of this picture?
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Keeping goats from eating my plants

I have a couple of goats I like to let run around my yard, problem is I have a few flowering plants out there too. The goats seem to target these heavily, I was wondering if there was some way to keep ...
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Is bottom heat important for successful germination of flower seeds?

While doing research for my answer to this question, I learned that bottom heat, the recommended source being a propagation mat, is essential for successful germination of tree and shrub seeds. Is ...
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What is this plant from a package of mixed flower seeds?

I got a bunch of flower seeds off of amazon back during the summer. The majority of them are dead now, but this is the last remaining and I am not sure what flower plant it is. I planted back in the ...
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When should I start watering flowers in the garden?

It is early spring in my region, around the usual time of last frost dates. Tulips and daffodils will soon blossom. Yesterday an old lady spent time in the garden and mentioned she thought the weather ...
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Can I plant tagetes tenuifolia between grapevines and ribes?

I am thinking of planting tagetes tenuifolia to partly cover the ground between grapevines and ribes. Those stand in relatively large (approx. 10 x 0.75 m and 3 x 2 m respectively) and otherwise bare ...
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Should I prune lavender on a cold/wet day in Spring?

I'd like to prune lavender for the spring season. Today it's a cold and wet day (2 to 7 degrees Celsius and some rainfall, in Europe), the weather forecast says next week will be sunny, but I'll ...
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What is this flower with five mottled green petals that are fused together?

Does anybody know what this is? My colleague photographed it. It seems to be some kind of orchid. The owner said it was an "umbrella plant." The flower is in a pot, 30 cm high, flowers about 3 x 2 ...
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How do I treat gray fuzz on the soil around my Peace Lily plant?

I purchased a Peace Lily, but I didn't have a chance to repot it yet. However at the beginning of the week I saw some gray fuzz and and also mites and sprayed it with Bayer Insect Disease and Mite ...
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My long stemmed rose is growing new leaves

I had a long stemmed rose in a bouquet of flowers. The head had died so I went to discard the stem, only to notice new leaves were shooting out of it in 3 different places. I left the stem in the vase ...
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Are my Salvia flowers dying?

I just dead headed all my salvias about a week ago and they aren't looking so good. Also, it's been raining like crazy the past week.. maybe this has something to do with it? The leaves are turning ...
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What is this bush called and can it be pruned this time of year?

Can anyone identify this bush? The photo was taken in May (in South England). It is slowly turning into a kind of a tree, with long branches without any new shoots, so I would like to prune it and ...
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What is this almost spherical red flower with thin, hair-like, petals?

I saw this flower at the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center in Callaway Gardens. Please help me identify it.
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Why does my gardenia have brown patches on it's leaves?

This plant has been growing normally for a while but I woke up this morning to discover brown patches and some shriveled leaves. I had previously sprayed it down with fungicide and then with ...
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Why aren't my new echinaceas true perennials?

The purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is one of my favorite flowers; it's easy to grow, cheap, spreads quickly (giving me lots of new plants to spread around) and looks good over a long season (I ...
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Trying to Identify this Flowering Shrub

I photographed this unusual shrub in November, in St. Lucia, but haven't been able to identify it. It had small (1-2cm), red flowers, growing out of pink-ish sepals in many elongate clusters as shown ...
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Are both of these flowers chrysanthemums?

I was told that both of these plants (they grow as neighbors in the same bed) are chrysanthemums, and that one is an annual and the other is a perennial kind. Could that be right and if so what are ...
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Is it OK to plant Daffodils on a forest floor?

I'd like to plant Daffodil bulbs in a forested area visible from a kitchen window. The area in question belongs to the homeowner, has no understory (deer browse) or early season ground cover, and is ...
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Will it be too late to plant Daffodil bulbs after Christmas in Long Island, New York?

I've got a bunch of Daffodil bulbs for my mother who lives out on the tip of Long Island, New York (USDA zone 7). I'd like to give them to her for Christmas, and plant over the weekend (weather ...
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Can I save the berries from a Big Blue Liriope (Liriope muscari) and plant them next spring?

I have a big blue liriope (Liriope muscari) in my yard, and the flowers have changed to berries. I imagine the normal propagation method is to split the adult plant after it grows large enough, but if ...
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How should I prepare a bed of chrysanthemums for winter?

I would like to prepare a bed of chrysanthemums for the winter. The plants have grown up to sizes of 1 to 1.5 meters, some of then have colapsed slightly because they evidently became to large. I've ...
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Why aren't my rose seeds germinating?

I had ordered blue rose seeds online. I got 5 seeds. I chose 3 seeds and sowed them in a small pot with soil and have been watering them for last 2 weeks. I have kept the pot indoors, covered with a ...
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What's the Minimum Space I Can Leave Between Flower Bulbs That I Want to Plant in a Planter Box?

I've bought a pile of various tulip, hyacinth, narcis/daffodil, and iris bulbs and I want to plant them in in planter boxes and small pots if I can't fit them all in the box. The instructions on the ...
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How should I grow calla lilies?

I have no experience in gardening. I have a pot of Calla lilies but I have no idea how to take care of it. It came with a label that suggests keeping it at a sunny place. But apart from that, I don't ...
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Should I overwinter my Crocosmia bulbs indoors, or plant them?

I just dug out some bulbs of what I believe is Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'Honey Angels'. I'm wondering now what to do with them. Should I store them until spring? In that case, which conditions ...
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Does Dawn dishwashing detergent kill plants (shrubs & flowers)?

Yesterday I was talking to my neighbor, and he was telling me he was cleaning the trim on his house with Dawn (dishwashing detergent used in the US) mixed in water. I thought I read somewhere that ...
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How can you get orchids to bloom again? [duplicate]

My aunt has several varieties of store-bought Phalaenopsis orchids which were blooming when she bought them last spring. However, after the blooms fell off, they did not bloom again. Throughout the ...
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Hedge plant (Photinia Robusta) looks like it is dying. Is there anything I can do?

The plant (in the foreground of the picture) appears to be dying after a storm last tuesday. The leaves has got a darkish colour, and the flowers are turning brownish. They are supposed to be bright ...
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What is this flower that smells like a skunk?

This has been blooming in the sun in my yard in Massachusetts for the past two weeks. We've only lived here since last spring and since I didn't plant it, I'm guessing it's a perennial. What's ...
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What is this carefree succulent flowering potted plant?

Anyone know what plant this is? It was planted in a large pot a long time ago by a friend. The dirt in the pot has not been changed for years! It blooms around the summer time and stays till mid ...
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What is this pink flowering alpine shrub?

What's the name of this plant and where can one find it? The picture is taken in the Austrian Alps in maybe 2500m. Click image for full size
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Can someone identify this white flowering plant?

click for original picture context Can someone help me identify this plant that resembles honeysuckle?
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Can someone identify this honeysuckle plant by the flowers?

Click for original picture context Can someone please tell me what type of honeysuckles these are?
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What is this white-and-purple, five-petaled flower?

What is the name of this plant? The picture was taken in Central Europe this September. The plant is more than 50 cm high and grew from seeds in a single season.
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How do I breed Black eyed Susans?

I've recently acquired a nice-sized Black eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) plant. But unfortunately I've only got one, when I would like to have several. How would I go about multiplying this plant?
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Can someone help identify these two groundcover plants?

I am trying to identify the purple flowers (and the groundcover plant that they grow from.) The light green leaves on the left of the photo are NOT the same plant. Those leaves are the same as the ...
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What's the best way to transplant Malva sylvestris Zebrina?

This is a follow-up question concerning Malva sylvestris 'Zebrina'. The plant has grown from seeds to more than 50 cm in height. I did not expect such a large specimen and would like to keep it around ...
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What is this yellow, four-petal flowering plant in Lynchburg, VA?

This grows wild behind my house. It has many yellow flowers per "branch", and many branches. The flowers bloom after each other. The flowers have 4 petals. Each seed pod has a flower on top of it.
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Is it a good idea to add sugar or other things to the water for cut flowers?

Mostly for future reference, is it helpful to add sugar or other things to the water meant for cut flowers? There seems to be conflicting data from different sources. See How can I preserve a bouquet ...