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What are these 3-foot tall plants in southwest Florida?

At our new house in southwest Florida, we have a few bushes growing outside one side of our pool cage. Each plant has a single main trunk/stem, which looks like a tree or bush trunk, and they are ...
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Can somebody try to identify this potential perennial?

I was cleaning out some gardens and am not sure what this is. Is it a weed or not?
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What is this extremely fast growing plant?

I noticed this plant last week. It started off with as a little stub, and grew straight up without branching and then at about 3 feet, created this branched structure. In about 2 weeks time, it grew ...
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What plant resembles a tomato plant with thorns?

What plant resembles a tomato plant with thorns? The leaves are similar to watermelon, but the plant and flowers look like a tomato plant.
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What is this in my garden [duplicate]

It is about 4 ft tall and I have no idea what it is can anyone help me?
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What type of plant is this? It looks like Chamomile

I'm thinking it could be Chamomile, but I'm not quite sure. This was found in Washington. Any ideas?
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What is this wetland plant with small white flowers in a spiral around the stalk?

This is a plant we found for the first time today. We live near an area that contains a vernal pool and frequently floods but never drains out. In 10 years, I've never seen this plant before. Can ...
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What's this seed? Maple? Sycamore?

The seeds pictured below fall around my neighbourhood every Autumn (Southern Hemisphere - New Zealand). The seeds are blown over quite a vast area and I haven't been able to identify the tree(s) ...
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Is this a horseweed?

I am trying to figure out what type of weed this is. I was thinking horseweed but the more I look at it the less I think so. This is a picture of young plants. It is growing in New Hampshire in an ...
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What is this plant with white bracts around the inflorescence?

Does anyone know the name of this plant? I live in North Georgia.
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What is this bug and how do I keep it from eating my plants' leaves?

Can someone tell me if they know what type of bug this is? If so, how do I get rid of it as it seems to be eating the leaves. Click any photo for full size
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What's this plant with long black seed pods?

I just took over an allotment and in it there's this plant that has long black pods that contain what appear to be seeds.
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What is this double pink/purple flower growing from a small potted plant?

I cannot for the life of me track down the name of this flower. Google image search wasn't much help either. Thank you!
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What is the name of this plant with wide green leaves that develop splits/holes as they grow?

It has very large leaves and does not flower (at least I have never seen mine flower). It grows very wide, with thin stems (seen in picture below). The young leaves will start without any holes in ...
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What is the name of this plant with purplish-brown and scented flower?

This was found growing wild in my friend's backyard in western Massachusetts. It's very fragrant.
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What is this pink/lavender flowering shrub?

The previous home owner has planted these in my backyard in Austin, Texas. They are blooming currently. What are these beautiful flowers?
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How can a green leaved canna's flower color be found when not in bloom?

At a perennial sale once I found an unmarked canna with green leaves, and when I asked what color the flowers were, they said they didn't know. After looking at the leaves for a while, they decided it ...
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Can somebody identify this flowering bush?

I think this is a bush, but I'm not sure. It has orange flowers that bloomed in July. Hummingbirds love it.
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What is this low-growing evergreen?

I found this plant in my woods And would like the identification. It is a small woody evergreen that grows in dry soil in light to deep shade. It grows about 1 1/2' tall and has small clusters of ...
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What are these little intense colored green plants with needles?

I usually see these pop up around August in north New Jersey along a hiking trail. The picture doesn't do the color justice. They have a very vibrant color that makes them stand out. Until I ...
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Help to identify this imparipinnated cutting

I just got this cutting. I know I have seen before, but I can not remember what species it is. As you can see from pictures there are no flower nor buds that may help to identify it. Since I don't ...
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What is this unusual fruit seedling?

I planted some fruit seeds last year, but I cannot recall whether they were mangosteen, pomelo, pomegranate, plum or something else. I tried to compare the leaves of against some online images but I ...
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What is this vigorous plant [duplicate]

I've been pulling these all summer but this was the first one that made me pause - the roots were very rhizome-y? Wondering if this is a weed or something that may have been left there by the ...
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Can anyone identify this cattleya alliance hybrid?

I have lost all tag information for this cattleya alliance and need help identifying it.
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What is this small white spathed plant in southeast Pennsylvania woodland?

This plant was definitely not there last year. It is about 10" tall, and has only two leaves. It looks a lot like a peace lily, but obviously, those aren't naturalized in my area. I would like to know ...
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Please identify and give suggestions on how to get rid of it

I live in West Texas. The white fluffy plant is taking over mostly in Bermuda areas. But it is starting to move into st. Augustine areas. We have BIG, decorative plants that have the same type of ...
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Is this shrub a Privet?

In my backyard, there is a flowering shrub resembling privet. It's about 7' high and 9'wide It's growing in dappled shade in open "lawn" Lancaster, Pennsylvania Small, white four petaled trumpet ...
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What kind of plant is this with a single, tall stem and alternate, carrot-like leaves?

I recently bought a house and have found this plant in a hanging basket in the back yard. Can anyone identify it for me?
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What is this tree with alternate leaves, and large green fruits?

I was told it was an almond tree, but after looking almond trees up, I don't think that's what it is. The green drupes turn yellowish/brownish and partially split open and drop. When I open them, ...
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What's the name of this five petaled flowering shrub? [closed]

I saw it next to a parking lot recently, and took this picture. The plant isn't very tall.
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What is this shrub in Colorado with white flowers and closely spaced small ovate leaves?

I've got this bush and I'd like to get a few more but I'm not sure what it's called. It has white flowers in early June. I'm in Colorado and it gets full sun.
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What is this tiny strawberry-like fruit found in a Southern Illinois lawn?

I live in southern Illinois, and earlier today I noticed this small red fruit in my yard. It looks kind of like a strawberry, but it's the size of a small raspberry (about 1/4 inches in diameter). ...
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What is this pest attacking and killing a douglas fir?

My parents had two 40 year-old douglas firs in their garden in Berlin-area in Germany. One has died in a process of 3 years and has now been removed. It all started with some resin bleedings in 6 ...
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What are these 3' to 5' tall plants from my new back yard, and how should I remove them?

I just moved into a new apartment (in Brooklyn, NY) with my own backyard. My girlfriend and I are very excited. However, my backyard is overgrown with that vine-looking-green-stuff. My current plan ...
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What are these insects laying eggs on the underside of this butterfly flower leaf?

+1 for manual pest control. I just snipped these infected leaves off a butterfly flower plant growing in a bucket in the yard. What are these? (besides now ashes)
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What is this tall, alternate leaved plant from Piedmont region MD?

It comes up in the spring, gets about 3.5 ft tall, never blooms & dies back in winter. I've pulled up a lot of it; it grows from an underground thick runner type root system. I think it's a ...
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Are these bushes sun damaged?

I have two of these bushes -I'm not sure what they are, maybe somebody knows? It looks like they might be sun damaged. I know that there used to be a tree nearby that provided some shade, which makes ...
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What is this narrow leaved, aromatic plant native to Attica, Greece?

Can you tell me what this plant is? It is native here in Attica, Greece. It comes out every summer and goes away at winter. It is very aromatic to the touch. That is if you pass your hand over it, ...
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What is this lawn weed with cut-edged leaves and five petaled pink-purple flowers, found in Belgium?

I have recently had to move, and we have a lawn that has not been taken care of for some time. Due to this it's about 30% grass, with the rest being assorted weeds/wildflowers. I've managed to ...
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What is this 2' high plant with curved spikes of white flowers, growing in eastern Massachusetts?

Please identify this plant. It is about two feet tall and thriving in the shade of large trees near the edge of a small street.
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What is this annual vegetable garden weed with minute daisy-like flowerheads? [duplicate]

This plant grows in my vegetable gardens, and recently abandoned garden plots, but I haven't seen it at all on the rest of the property, including the landscaped beds. This indicates a preference to ...
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What is this plant with spiky leaves found on a beach in Indonesia?

Some time ago I found a plant on Depok Beach (Yogyakarta, Indonesia). This is what it looks like: It looks like spiky leaves that grow from its branches. The leaves are actually quite hard: you ...
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How do you identify a plant?

I'm pretty new to gardening and landscaping. Having recently bought a house, one of the things I'd like to be able to do is identify the trees and smaller plants that are on the property so I can ...
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What is this small, daisy-like wildflower found in open woods?

I have this attractive little wildflower growing through my yard, and I would like the identification. They get from 6"-20" tall and very slender. Before blooming, the flower buds are curled ...
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What variety of plum tree do I have? [closed]

I bought house in central Oklahoma 4 years ago. It has a plum tree that sits alone in front yard. 2 years ago it produced the best plums I've ever had but none since. I've tried to find out why which ...
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What is this yellow coloration of cotton wool used as growth media for hydroponics?

I have built a simple hydroponics DWC system, using a window box with aeration. Actually a system exactly like the below picture: I am growing lettuce and cabbage, and a week ago I have ...
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What is this native North American lily with a downward facing speckled orange flower?

I suspect this is a native North American lily that I grew from seed and the label was lost over the years they take to flower. It's quite happy in full sun in USDA zone 4 in Ottawa. It has a ...
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What is this pink flowered volunteer plant that appeared this spring?

This plant showed up in our garden this spring. It just began blooming a couple days ago. Here are buds, getting ready. Is this some kind of phlox? The plant itself is about 2 1/2 feet tall and ...
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What is this native North American ground cover?

Oops, planted it and lost the tag. It's growing quite happily in zone 5A (USDA zone 4) in light shade and clay soil.