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What is this white-flowered ground cover plant?

I'd like to know what this white-flowered, winter-hardy ground cover plant with lacerate(?) leaves? Up to 15cm high. It has flowers: The diameter of the flowers is about 2 cm. (click for a larger ...
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What is this parasitic vine on my trees?

I have moved to Mobile Alabama and bought a home. In the yard are three pecan trees and a pear tree. All three of the pecans and also the pear have some sort of vine growing on them. It looks like ...
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What is this weedy grass and how can I control it?

I have a grassy weed with flowering seedheads at the top. What is it and how do I get rid of it in my yard?
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Does anyone know of a somewhat comprehensive plant database available online?

As a gardener I've found that doing some paperwork while gardening really assists in keeping things organized and on schedule. It occured to me the other day as I stopped to check my beeping phone ...
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Advice for overwhelmed beginner

I'm the new owner of a well established garden. Unfortunately I don't really know what I'm doing... Already I seem to have lots of problems (e.g. well established Rhododendron now near death), which ...
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What is the name of this plant?

This plant is a low-growing cool season annual. I'm guessing it is in the mint family because of it's square stems, triangular hairy leaves and distinctive odor. The plants are 4-8" tall, and grow ...
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What is this houseplant?

Does anyone know what the potted plant pictured here is?
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What are these Jordanian plants? [closed]

I have been on a trip to Jordan and photographed a couple of plants which I want to identify (ie. know what their names are). Without further ado, here are the photos: Each picture consists of two ...
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What is this plant with long sharp leaves? Is it a weed?

In my garden I have several of the plants shown below. At first I thought it is a weed, but then it was quite robust against cold weather and continued to grow slowly: The leaves are long and sharp, ...
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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 insect/disease causes lemons to look like a Cthulhu and how can this be prevented?

Earlier today, pictures of weirdly shaped lemons were shared on reddit. The top comment there says it is a case of citrus bud mites, which actually seems to make sense. My questions are: Is this ...
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What is this pink flower with dark green leaves?

Any help would be appreciated, thanks!
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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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What is this tree with dark, broad leaves?

Well, the new house has a mystery tree. Our initial guess was some form of a broad leaved ligustrum. It appears to be evergreen - no leaves have been lost yet although the neighboring peaches have ...
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What is this shrub and has it come back from the dead?

We had this deciduous shrub in our lawn for many years. Its height was about 1.5m - 2m. This photo is from a couple of years ago. Strange thing is that this spring it seemed to have died. We ...
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What is this plant with red, green and yellow colored leaves and little white flowers?

I'd like to get a hint to identify the beautiful plant with red, green and yellow leafs in the picture below. The color of the leaves has been like that since the plant has been there (at least since ...
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What's the name of this plant that has large, broad leaves with white spots?

I have this plant at home and I need to know its name so I can better take care of it. Here is a picture of the plant.
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What are the red berry-like structures at the base of my gardenia's flowers?

My gardenia has a multitude of red, berry-like structures at what would have been the base of the flower. Given it is now November in South Carolina, what are they and will they produce a new plant?
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What are these woodlouse-like bugs and how do I kill them?

I have these black woodlouse like bugs that infested my whole back yard. They are eating through many of the leaves in our garden and wreaking havoc. (Click to enlarge) What kind of pesticide / ...
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What is the best way to identify a Saintpaulia (African violet)?

Several times, I have had Saintpaulias (African violets) in unlabeled pots. I tried finding the variety name through several sites and they all looked different. How can I identify them?
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What is this broad-leaved weed in my lawn and how do I kill it?

I live in San Francisco, and this plant has invaded my lawn with a vengeance. Pics are below. Its leaves/stems are slightly fuzzy, and its roots are kind of woody. It pops up all over the place and ...
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What's this plant with long pink hanging blossoms?

In my garden I have a small bed of flowers pictured below. I don't know what the plant is, so I don't know whether I can move it or not. The blossoms are long, pink, hang down and almost touch the ...
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What is this fast growing plant with blue/black berries?

In my garden a strange plant is growing at an incredible speed and I can't identify what kind it is. It broke through end of June and within two months it grew about 1.8-2.0m high. It now carries ...
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What kind of lawn grass doesn't spread and is exceptionally shade tolerant?

This grass is a very good lawn grass, showed mowed and unmowed, and I would like to buy seeds for it. Of course, I can't do that unless I know what it is. It does not spread, it doesn't turn brown ...
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What is this plant, which has a spreading root system and purple, crinkled petunia-like flowers?

Click to enlarge This is a hardy perennial that grows up to 5' tall. It has a spreading root system and purple, crinkled petunia-like flowers. What is it?
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What is this screening tree, growing in South Australia?

Can anyone identify this screening tree/hedge growing in the Adelaide plains, South Australia? Any family or clade suggestions will help! I'd like to propagate it next to the fences in our own ...
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What is this potential lawn replacement plant?

I found this plant invading an unirrigated school yard lawn in Everett, Washington (USDA zone 8a): This plant is very effectively competing with the grass and might make a good lawn replacement. ...
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What varieties of plum tree produce small green plums?

My mom thinks it's a Mirabelle plum tree (Prunus domestica), but those appear to produce orange plums. It's in southeastern Idaho, gets full sun from about 9 AM until sunset. What do you think? ...
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What type of miniature clover is growing with yellow flowers in my short Australian lawn?

I have a weed in my lawn which is prolific where the grass is of low height. It is a very small clover with yellow flowers. I live in the Sydney, Australia region. Here's a photo with a ruler to ...
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What is this pink or blue colored flower with a white ring in the center?

I saw it my friend's album. What is this flower? (Click to enlarge)
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What kind of lily is this?

This lily is odd because of its hosta-like evergreen leaves. It is tolerant of shallow planting, weekly mowing, poor soils, and dense shade. The flower is like an Easter lily. What is the variety ...
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What sort of tomato has two layers of seeds?

I asked a question about this plant earlier. It appears to be either indeterminate or semi-determinate as I've already harvested three tomatoes (on August 31) and the plant is flowering again. I ...
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How to tell a nectarine tree from a peach tree?

Nectarines are actually peaches with an active recessive gene (e.g. similar genetics to red hair in humans). Commercial nectarines are cultivars with this gene. Although it is relatively rare, in ...
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What is the name of this plant with 5-petaled pink flowers?

What is the name of this plant? For what it is worth, the image is from a China tour website. I am not sure if it is also popular in America.
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Can anybody identify these small, red insects?

What kind of bugs are these? Are they good or bad for plants? Do they bite?
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What is this house plant with bright pink flowers and dark green leaves? How should I take care of it?

I bought this plant from a home repair store 3 days back, but I don't know what it is. Now it seems that its decaying. What is this plant and what do I need to do to take care of it?
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What are the mini-white moths on my tomato plant?

I have some tomato plants indoors. Recently a number of very small (1 mm or so) moths dwell on the leaves. What are these? Are they harmful? What can I do about them?
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Is this plant really holy basil?

I bought some holy basil seeds on the internet and grew them. However, I think the shape of the leaves on my plants are more ruffled than those in the pictures I saw online. Here are some photos of ...
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How do I link a specific garden plant to its native plant community?

If I have a garden plant, say for example, Herniaria glabra, and I want to identify its native plant community, i.e. the dominant species, associated species, soil, climate etc., how do I go about ...
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What are the teeny tiny white bugs on my tomatoes?

The bugs are exceptionally small. I've included a video here. It may be related to the stretched and disfigured appearance of my tomatoes.
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What is this large flat leafed plant with yellow flowers (central Missouri)

I live in an apartment building, and my landlord has neglected to mow the back yard for quite a while now. In this time period this unknown plant that I've never seen before has grown to a height of ...
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What is this weed and how do I get rid of it?

I'm located in northern Utah, USA. There is a weed which is proving difficult to control, which I haven't been able to identify. It is usually fairly easy to pull, but you only get a small bit of ...
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What kind of chili turns brown and shrivels when ripening on the plant?

I have a few of these chili plants growing and they produce a longish (approx 4", sometimes curled chili that turns brown and begins to shrivel (slightly) when it ripens. It does not transition to a ...
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What are these hard white/brown spots growing on my houseplant?

A little more then an year ago I got six palm trees (two vases). It was the Californian equivalent of an Areca palm (the guy in the nursery suggested this one after I asked for an Areca for its air ...
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Vine-like, deep-rooted very aggressive weed - what is it and how do I get rid of it?

I've been trying to find out what weed this is (see photo), but I can't seem to find a definitive answer. The weed mainly grows in the hedges of the garden, and appears to be choking it. It twists up ...
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How can I identify an apple variety?

We put in four young apple trees a few years ago, two cookers and two eaters, four different varieties. Now that those puny trees have grown up and started to produce a substantial crop, we're ...
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Is this deciduous shrub with leathery green leaves in Northern England, some sort of cotoneaster?

Our garden in the North of England was full of these when we moved in. It grows a lot vertically, never seems to flower, is deciduous, and has leathery green leaves. Been trying to work out what it ...
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How do I go about identifying all the plants in my backyard? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you identify a plant? I just moved to a new place but do not know what all plants are there in my small backyard. How can I identify them all?
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Are both of these patches crabgrass?

I have what appears to be, two types of crabgrass growing. One with thicker, longer, higher blades. Another with skinnier, shorter blades. I have seen the "real crabgrass video", but still not able ...