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What is this yellow, four-petal flowering plant in Lynchburg, VA?

This grows wild behind my house. It has many yellow flowers per "branch", and many branches. The flowers bloom after each other. The flowers have 4 petals. Each seed pod has a flower on top of it.
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What plant has no foliage and clusters of red berries on top of a fleshy 1' stem?

I have strange plants growing among my redcurrant/raspberries and close to cobnut trees . They have a single fleshy stem, no foliage, are about a foot tall and have a cluster of bright red berries at ...
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What are these mushrooms growing in the shade in Houston, Texas?

What kind of Mushrooms are these? I found them growing in my yard near Houston, Texas (UDSA Zone 9a). Click on any picture for full size
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What is this vine with heart-shaped leaves found in Northern California?

My neighbor's vine is poking through the fence. I first caught it trying to choke one of my roses. I cut it away and it's now poking through the fence again. The leaves are heart shaped when you ...
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What is this burr covered plant (weed?)

Click photo for full size These plants are growing all around my new house. I am wondering if this burr infested plant is anything that is worth keeping or if it is just a weed that sticks itself ...
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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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What are these insects that are swarming all over my Tribulus Terrestris weeds?

I am fighting a terrible infestation of Tribulus Terrestris (goathead) weeds. On my daily weed patrol, I discovered that several plants were absolutely crawling with tiny black insects. They appeared ...
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What is the name of symmetrical, orange/red flower?

I saw this beautiful flower on flickr: Could someone please let me know the name of this flower?
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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 shrub with clusters of bitter blue berries in southern NH?

I have some blue berries (I don't know any better, so maybe blueberries?) growing in my yard. The bush is around 7 feet tall and 4 feet wide. The berries are very bitter, and have a hard seed inside ...
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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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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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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 tree with ovate-elliptical, serrate leaves, and racemes of small berries?

Asking from northeast New Jersey. Sorry I couldn't get a better picture of it - I'm hoping this is enough to identify it. These pictures were taken from below the tree branches. The tree is in the ...
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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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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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Can anyone identify this seed/fruit and what tree it has come from?

I was given this seed/fruit by a friend who found it on a walk through the countryside. I have no clue what plant it is from and want to plant it. I'm from Ireland but I'm pretty sure it is not a ...
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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 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 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 kind of shrub or bush is this, black berries, elongated leaves?

There are a couple of these bushes next to my house. I tried to identify them, but can't find them. Leaves are elongated, alternating and unlobed. They are ever so slightly serrated. You can see that ...
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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 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 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 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 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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Can anyone tell me what this red stemmed weed is?

It is low to the ground and is all over the borders.
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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 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 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 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 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 is this annual vegetable garden weed with minute daisy-like flowerheads?

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 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 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 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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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 this plant that sprouted when I planted pepper seeds?

I thought I had bought shishito pepper seeds and this grew. What is it?