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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 ...
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What is this weed in my lawn and how do I control it?

I have this stuff growing throughout my yard. I live in Southern NJ, USA. It seems to only appear Mid/Late July - August. It grows in patches and if I don't pull, can spread pretty rapidly across ...
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What is this large furry leafed plant with purple stalks, found in the UK?

Does anyone have any idea what this is? It looks too substantial to be a weed
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What is this plant found in the UK with green and white leaves with purple flowers?

Any ideas what this plant is and how to control it?
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What animal is eating my cherry tomatoes and strawberries?

My garden (first ever!) has been doing great. Yesterday I harvested my potatoes, which left half the garden open and bare. Some critter seemed to view this now-open landscape as an invitation to come ...
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What is this plant and how can I remove it from the ground?

There is a patch of dirt on a hill covered with this plant (shown below). I'd like to pull them all out and make room for flowers and such. The second photo shows that the roots of this sucker go way ...
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What kind of pepper is this and when will it be “ripe”?

What kind of pepper is this and when will it be "ripe"? The peppers are a bit larger than a cherry tomato (maybe apricot size). UPDATE: The peppers turn red after they ripen.
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What are these little green bugs on the roots of indoor plants?

I got a plant pot in my room, growing some coriander. I noticed some dusty stuff at the foot of the stalks, and upon closer inspection they are tightly clustered tiny little bugs! They are all over ...
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How do I identify and eradicate the pest that is destroying the plants in my flowerbox?

We transplanted an assortment of pretty flowers for our windowsill some weeks ago (albeit rather crudely) and they were growing bright and healthy. Over the last week, however they've been plagued! I ...
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What is this large leafed plant?

I like the way it looks and might want to get one but I need to know what it is. The location is Minnesota.
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Is this beetle on my apricot tree a pest?

My apricot tree is infested with black and white beetles on the branches. They are 2-3 cm / 1 inch long. I can't find an identification on the web. There is no visible damage to the tree. Is this ...
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What insect eats petals and what can I do to kill it?

My geraniums loved being outside the front window of my house. They've been thriving there for over two months now and I thought I'd finally found a winner (it's too hot for pansies and other daintier ...
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What is this yellow flower?

This yellow flower was growing in my yard in St Petersburg, Florida. It did not survive my xeriscaping.
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What is this long-rooted vine in my yard?

I'm in Massachusetts, and recently moved into a new house. We have a vine in the yard which I have been having trouble identifying so far, and I was hoping someone here might know. It has not yet ...
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What is a good resource for identification of useful weeds that grow in North Central USA?

One of my favorite books in the entire world is "Weeds of the North Central States". I have an exceptionally long commute and 65 mph weed identification is something more than a pastime. However, ...
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What is this weed, found in UK, with serrated leaves and a small green flowers?

Its growing everywhere in my garden, pop up faster that I can pick it. I'm told it could be dogs mercury or gallant solider, but I'm not sure it looks the same?
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What is this Vine-type plant growing on my Jacaranda tree?

I have a vine-type plant that is growing on areas of my Jacaranda tree (me + the tree live in Australia). It has little leaves. The roots of the vine grow on the outer-layer of bark on the tree. Does ...
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What are these viny plants? Are they poisonous? [closed]

These plants are located alongside a fence in my backyard. What are they? My biggest concern is that they might be poison ivy. However, the plant in the first picture closely resembles a vine that ...
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Do clovers cause any problems?

I have a lot of what I think is Clover in my garden. Should I be concerned?
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What is this grass that supports all weather types, doesn't invade and prevents bad plants from sprouting?

It apparently doesn't grow longer than on the photos, can support all types of weather, doesn't invade other parts of the garden and it seems to prevent "bad" plants from setting up there (bramble, ...
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Is this plant some kind of Poppy?

I'll start by saying I'm by no means a gardener and I usually kill anything that's green and lives in a pot, however I'd like to say this one is doing well, judging by its height. It no doubt needs to ...
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What kind of black and yellow insect has a zebra like pattern?

Can anyone help me identify a insect with the following features: black and yellow long feelers body is tapered toward the back zebra like pattern on the shell about 1.5 inches long found in ...
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What is this white growth on my cactus?

I have several cacti growing in my yard and one (t. pachanoi, if it matters) has developed a white layer across the top of the plant. It is very fine and looks almost sandy, like perhaps a mould or ...
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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 the name of this weed with red/green leaves and little white flowers?

I haven't been able to identify this weed which is prolific on the gravel (and garden beds) on the rooftop of my 10-storey condo building in downtown Vancouver, BC. Can anyone identify it and let me ...
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How can I identify and eradicate poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac from my yard?

Every summer despite my best attempts to be careful, I end up developing a nasty rash due to an unfortunate encounter with poison ivy while doing routine yard work. How can I best identify poison ...
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What is this vine-like weed and how do I kill it?

I have a viney weed growing in my yard. Weed and Feed doesn't seem to affect it. It's slowly spreading to more and more of my yard every year. What is it, and how do I kill it?