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What is this vine with large heart-shaped leaves found in western New York state?

This vine grows in many locations in the village of Newark, NY; oddly, I've never noticed it anywhere else (perhaps a specialty of a local nursery?) It is a deciduous perennial with ...
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Please help identify a type of chestnut tree

My father is wanting to get and plant a few trees this year. One that he's been talking my ear off about is one that he used to eat the nuts of when he was younger. Keeping in mind that his childhood ...
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What plant is this leaf I found in my rocket salad from?

Today I bought some rocket at the supermarket (also known as rucola) and found this leaf (well, my tougue noticed those funny, quite stiff little hairs). It's got hairs all over. Does anyone know ...
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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 is this plant with long fronds for leaves?

I took this plant from a friend on a whim as he was going to throw it away, so I would like to know its name. The soil is red because I live in the Deccan plateau in India. The pot has a hole below to ...
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What kind of bamboo is this?

I have a bamboo species in my backyard I would like to identify. Its a mid level running bamboo with shoots that hit 1 inch thickness near the base and grows up to 20-25 feet at this time. It has ...
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Shrub with white flowers and lemon-jasmine scent

We bought our house & neglected garden 1.5 years ago. Last spring a somewhat scraggy shrub surprised us with a few white flowers on two or three branches that had a very strong lemony, jasmine ...
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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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What are the tiny white bugs on my spinach and how should I treat them?

They don't look like the images of aphids I see when I search Google. They don't move much and are about the size of a strawberry seed or sesame seed. What are they, what's a good treatment for them, ...
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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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Cactus ID: Globular, multiple straight prominent ribs, spiny, somewhat wooly, fibrous root

I need help identifying one of my old neglected-so-far cacti. Unfortunately and somewhat deservedly, it has not flowered for me yet. It is the size of an apple (since I have treated it horribly, or ...
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What is this weed, native to south-western Ohio?

What is the name of this plant/weed, found in south-western Ohio? They are fairly common and grow wildly. This particular one happens to just be growing dead-center in a pot:
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What is this small red/green leaf plant? [duplicate]

What is this plant called, and what height do they grow to? I've had it for 3 years and the roots are growing out the bottom of the pot. I normally water every few days, seems to grow well either in ...
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What is this large orange mushroom found in lodgepole pine forest in Oregon's high desert?

This mushroom grows in Oregon's high desert in lodgepole pine forest. It is big, 4-6" high and wide. Bright orange with yellow meat. Definitely a parasol type.
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What is this cactus with paper-looking spindles sticking out all around?

I bought this cactus a while ago and never knew the name of the species. Can someone help me with the name of the plant? A small clone of it is growing on the top of the plant. Should I cut it and ...
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What is this weed with tiny yellow flowers found in eastern Australia?

It grows very fast in summer. Hundreds of little round seeds seem to grow on stems where the leaves join to the main stem. Wind or manual removal causes them to fall off everywhere. Older stems seem ...
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What is this weed and how can I eliminate it?

I live in Nova Scotia, and I have been fighting with this weed for at least 7 years. It is in my flower garden. I have gone so far as to try to follow each of the white roots though the soil and ...
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What's the difference between hydroponics and aeroponics?

I do know how hydroponics works. I think aeroponics is just like cloning but in a big scale you just have to use big buckets and keep air and water at all times with chemicals .
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Identify small, white, “ant-like” bug found in chips near tree

Can you help me identify and "diagnose" these small, white, ant-like bugs? There are red chips around the base of a tree in my front yard. I pushed some around with my shoe, and was a bit surprised ...
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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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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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What is the name of this houseplant, and how can I prevent it from drying out?

One of my friends gave me this plant as present about two weeks ago. Now it`s starting to dry out, while retaining green leaves (without yellowing). At first I watered it every day, but now water it ...
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What is this plant with odd-pinnate leaves that's growing under my oak tree in Florida?

I live in Florida, the plant is growing under my live oak tree. The plant is about one foot high.
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When and how do I trim these bushes?

We moved in to a house with bushes trimmed neatly, but well over the sidewalk. Do I trim this back all at once, or over a long period of time (months? Years?)? We are in southeast Michigan, and will ...
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What is this climbing plant with blue flowers?

I bought this astonishing, climbing plant months ago, but I wasn't able to identify it. Here's a picture:
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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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What is this cactus with flat oval pads and very short spines?

I bought this cactus yesterday. I want to know its name to research how I should take care of it. I'm in a rather cold city (Zanjan in northwestern Iran) with long winters, so I think it's better if I ...
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What is this weed, and how to remove it?

Does anyone know what this is? and how I can remove it from my yard without hurting my yard? This is in Houston Texas, it is found just through-out my yard. It is full sunlight pretty much all day, ...
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What is the name of this plant, and how should I plant and care for it?

I have been given this plant. It is in water and has rooted: What's is its name? How should I plant and care for it?
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Identify this spiny seed from Northern California

What plant does this seed come from? I remember it being a low growing, sprawling weed that produced a ton of these little seeds that easily stick to clothes. In Northern California.
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How should I care for this Succulent?

I bought this plant over two weeks ago. What is its name? How should I take care of it?
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What is this large, woody plant with compound leaves, found in zone 6a?

In the early summer of 2014, I was on vacation in Pine Grove (PA), and saw this large plant by the side of the road. It is huge. For scale, the pokeweed in the pic is about 7' tall. This weed is ...
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What is this fast growing plant and should I rip it out?

So we planted a big new garden, and I think my wife sprinkled some assorted seeds (possibly wildflower?) and now we have three huge plants growing that don't seem to either produce flowers or ...
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Help identifying this vine with green and white heart shaped leaves?

I honestly have no idea what this plant is. It seems to be some type of vine. I took a few pictures i will put below. As you can see there is some other plant growing in the same pot with the long ...
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What is this (allegedly) mosquito-repellent trailing plant with dark green heart-shaped leaves?

I was given a plant a while back that I was told repels mosquitoes: The little I know about it: it has dark green heart shaped leaves that grow up to about 3½" wide by 4½" long (9cm ...
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What is this large plant that came up when I turned my soil?

I turned my soil recently and this huge plant started to grow. I have put my hand there to show the size. It does not seem to be a weed so I would really want to know if this is some kind of vegetable ...
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Identify this succulent/echevaria?

Can anyone precisely identify this plant? The pot just says "Echeveria." As you can see there are cat-tooth marks on the plant, but I had left it out because I thought echeveria to be non-toxic to ...
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What is this large plant with spikes of hot pink bracts and lavender, trumpet shaped flowers, that's growing in South Africa?

This photo was taken mid-April in the Southern hemisphere, so Autumn. It's about 2m tall, growing in full sun, and is in Pretoria, South Africa.
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Are these maggots and are they okay in the soil around the roots of a fruit tree?

Just dug these up from around the roots of a stone fruit tree. Are they maggots? Are they good or bad for the soil around the roots of the tree? Do they harm the tree in any way? If yes to the ...
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What kind of plant is this? [duplicate]

This clipping was taken from a plant hanging at a friend's house. The plant had many such bulb-like growths coming from stalks that were offshooting from the main plant (hanging from the pot).
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I bought a plant but nobody knew what it was. Can anyone here identify it?

I bought this hardy looking plant but no one at the shop knew what it was as it had no labelling. Can anyone identify it so I can know how to best take care of it? Thanks!
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What is this cactus and how should I care for it?

I bought this cactus over two weeks ago. What is it's name and how should I take care of it?
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Can dragon fruit get scale?

I think that my dragon fruit has scale. This is my first encounter with scale so I want to check first. I assume that any plant can get scale. When researching it I never saw it mentioned on cacti so ...
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What's the name of this houseplant? [duplicate]

I only know that this is a popular houseplant in Turkey. What's its name?
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Houseplant with clustered red berries at the bottom part of the plant?

I bought a plant but the seller does not know the scientific name of the plant. He says that it is a money tree, but can't seem to find a money tree that fits the description on the Internet. It has ...
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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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Please help me ID this apple or apple-like bush/tree in my yard - Small green apple with no stem and thorns

I have lived in this house for many years. I have always had a bush behind the shed that I couldn't identify. I always knew it was green most of the year and that it had thorns but that was about ...
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What is this small potted plant with a thick trunk and palmate clusters of 5 leaves?

I received this pot plant as a gift, but I don't know what it is, and consequently, how to properly care for it. The size is approximately 20 cm from the base of the pot to the top of the plant. It's ...
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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.