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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 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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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 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 digging in my garden at night? [closed]

Something is digging a hole in my garden. One is digging around my strawberry plants and the other which is on the other side of the house is digging around my holly bush. I think it might be living ...
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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 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 succulent plant bought from a botanical garden?

Does anybody know what this plant is? When we bought it, it was very small, brown and closed up. With decent watering and light it's grown into what you can see here: several low-lying rosettes of ...
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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.
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Hexagonal bush?

I have seen the pictured bush today when hiking around Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. From a distance, hexagonal patterns are visible: Adjacent branches grow in an almost perfect 45° angle relative to ...
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What is the name of this hydroponic plant? [duplicate]

I have this plant at my office, where it is having a lot of children. Every time that I get some leaves from the plant and put them in a bottle with water, the leaves get some roots and don't die ...
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What is this bush/tree and can it be heavily pruned?

I have this growing in our back yard here in the Pacific North West US: (Photo taken in late March) It's full of these drooping white flowers and (what I think are) new red leaves. Feels kind of ...
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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 is this hanging plant?

The leaves of this plant are bit thick & filled as of any succulent plant. I have not seen any flower from 6 months, maybe it don't bloom. It likes hanging. Here are its picture: Full View: ...
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Help me identify and how to manage, this shrub in my new house yard

Help me identify this shrub in my new house yard. I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in USDA hardiness zone 6/7. Should I cut it back? When should I do that? Also how can I propagate it? Picture ...
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Is this colored (brown, red, yellow) and hairy caterpillar dangerous for my strawberries?

I found this caterpillar on a strawberry-plant-leaf. The leaf had a lot of holes - I assume it was caused by it. The caterpillar is about 2.5cm long and has a diameter of ~5mm (without the hairs). It ...
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What is the name of the purple flower that opens in the morning and closes in the evening?

I have this in my home. I am interested in getting more information about it, particularly what time it opens in the day and what time it closes. The interesting thing I noticed, it opens up with the ...
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Plant Identification in China

I picked up these plants from various people when I moved here (Chengdu, China). I was wondering if anyone knows what plants these are (5 unidentified plants in total). I've linked it to my blog post ...
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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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Help identifying this pink flowering plant native to Denmark

I would like help identifying this pink flowering plant that I was told is native to Denmark. It has leaves that almost look like geraniums and flower stamins that reminiscent to hibiscus or rose of ...
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Identification of houseplant and diagnosis of its discontent

About a week ago, I was given a houseplant (pictured), with the instructions to water it twice a week. Unfortunately, it seems to be fading fast - its leaves are drooping and the flowers are turning ...
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What is this sweet smelling herb-like plant?

I have some mysterious, herb-like plant growing in my backyard. Any idea what it is? The closest match I can find is Italian parsley, but the leaf shape is wrong. I tried crushing one leaf and ...
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Slug, Fungus, or other?

I have no idea what this is. I've never seen one before. My first guess is that is that it is a slug, but image searching didn't turn up anything. These were in shaded hardwood forest in northern ...
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What is this low growing plant with trifoliate leaves?

This plant started growing in my flower garden out of nowhere and I hope that it is not poison ivy. Can anyone identify the low growing plant below the lily?
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Identification of this branched bush with tiny blue flowers

I would like to prune this bush in my garden. It wasn't me who planted it, which is why I don't know what it is and before doing any mistakes I'm asking here for help. With this one I'm especially ...
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Identification of plant growing on Grange-over-Sands promenade, in organised flower bed

Plant growing adjacent to the sea, so salt tolerant. Dense, ground cover type plant. Longish, ovate leaves, central spine to leaf. Leaves green, central spine whiteish. Flowers on red stem stand above ...
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What is this small plant with tiny white flowers and tiny saw-teethed leaves?

I got a small plant (from my mother-in-law... ) on which I would like to have an ID with your help. I cannot say much about its life-cycle as I only got it recently: she told me it was once in a pot ...
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What is this plant with green leaves and white marks?

This plant started popping up behind my garage and it's growing out of control. What is it, and what should I do about it?
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Help identifying a plant with pink flowers

It's a rose I bought 3 days ago, I think it really grows fast, it produce a new flower every 1-2 days! BTW, is there something wrong with the flowers?
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Can someone please help identify this plant?

Here is a photo of the plant I wish to have identified
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Help needed to identify this monster

Can anyone help me identify this? I live in Essex, England and it's in a border in my garden. Within 1 metre (three feet) is an ornamental Pear tree, other plants and grasses are close by too. Also ...
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What is the name of this tree and is it dangerous for our daughter?

We have two identical big trees right behind our property in Southern California that just started dropping their pods and seeds into our yard and we're having a hard time to keep our two-year-old ...
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What is this bushy plant with serrated leaves and small yellow flowers?

I bought a house that had a garden, and this plant popped up by itself. It's growing quickly and starting to produce soft green pods that are full of white seeds. The pods are shrouded in a papery ...
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What is this succulent weed?

This guy has been growing like gang busters in a newly planted bed of ground covering sedums. It's actually kind of a nice ground cover but based on its rate of spread and the fact that I didn't plant ...
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What is this plant that sprouted when I planted pepper seeds?

I thought I had bought shishito pepper seeds and this grew. What is it?
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What is this plant that resembles a tomato with dark veins and stem base? [closed]

I was given a portion of a flat that has starts that resemble tomato plants, except that they have dark veins on their leaves and the base of their stems is the same dark color. What could they be?
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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 plant with no leaves and a thick red stalk?

We live in a lodgepole pine forest and this plant is popping up everywhere. Is this a fungus of some kind?
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What variety of clematis is this?

Two years ago we thought we had bought a clematis 'Nelly Moser' - but when I look at the flower, it doesn't look at all how it should look. The petals are neither pink nor white but purple, and ...
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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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Can you tell me the garden plant that is popping up all over my 10x10 garden plot in Wisconsin? [duplicate]

I have these plants popping up all over my 10x10ft garden in Wisconsin. I think it may be some kind of flower. I think the leaves look like potato leaves. I want to know what this is. Is it a weed? ...
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What kind of mushrooms are these?

I've noticed these mushrooms growing in my backyard today. They are likely thriving on dead grass that my lawnmower has been leaving behind. Can anyone identify them? I am located in the Houston, ...
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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 is this vine, and how should I kill it?

I'd like to identify this vine, so I can figure out how to kill it. It actually looks kind of pretty, but it's filling a two foot wide gap between my garage and a brick fence, and I'm afraid it's a ...
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What is this plant growing in my backyard?

I have this plant growing in my backyard near Houston, TX (UDSA Zone 9a). I been letting it grow because I have no idea what it is. It starting to look like just another weed. Can anyone identify this ...
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What is this small tree with purple leaves and small green fruits?

I'd like to get one of these for my back yard but I'm not sure what kind of tree it is... anybody know?
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Does anyone know what this wildflower is?

These flowers grow wild on the hill at my grandparents' place in Zone 6 in Missouri. The bees certainly did love them last summer. Does anyone know what they are?
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What is this small white flower, sprouting out of a single large leaf?

I recently found this flower on a north facing, shady bank in woodland (UK) with sandy soil. I've never seen anything like it before, a small, white flower sprouting out of a single, large leaf. What ...
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What is this yellow-petaled, dark-eyed flower with hairless stems?

The flower has 14 yellow petals and a brown center: I'm hoping someone can identify it. It was by a pond in southern Utah. I thought it was a Brown-eyed Susan, but the stems are not hairy.
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What is this small plant with 3 inch long leaves?

My kid got this from school, in South Korea. The leaves are about 3 inches long and are thick and stiff. One leaf has fallen off and I re-potted it, but I don't know how to care for it or what to ...