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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 this four-petal lavender to white flower?

This 4 petaled flower is growing in partial sun, slightly on the moist side. Stalk is 2 to 5 feet high. Blooming in May in Oregon. Flowers range from white to medium lavender and have a slight ...
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What is this African shrub with spikes of brilliant blue flowers?

A friend of mine is currently abroad in Africa, and she took this photo of a brilliantly-colored flower in Malawi: I'd love to have something at home so brilliant, but obviously I have no idea what ...
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What is this large tree with many suckers growing from the trunk?

Can anyone help me identify the following tree? It has large leaves and a number of new sections (suckers) growing from the trunk. Any help would be gratefully received. *Note: This may be a similar ...
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Can anyone identify this plant?

Can anyone identify this plant that I found growing in my backyard? It has a thin stem, long thin leaves that are paired on the stem, with a prominent central rib on the leaves. Click on image for ...
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I have mislabelled a herb (thought it was chives), can anyone recognize what this is?

Reddit thinks it might be a tomato. I thought it was chives, obviously it's not, but I still think I picked it from the herb shelf, not from a vegetable shelf.
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Is this a black raspberry or a blackberry?

My new house came with this berry plant which a landscaper identified as raspberry. The fruits are ripening black. The taste of ripe fruit is nice, if a bit sour, not quite raspberry nor blackberry. ...
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Please help identify this aggressive vine?

I live in the Boston area, and this vine is growing in the public land behind my property. The vine is a very aggressive grower and will overtake anything in it's path, including my fence. I've ...
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What tree does this nut come from? Is it a walnut?

I was hoping someone can help me identify this nut and the tree it goes with. I found a bunch of these near my truck when I went to my Uncle's mountain place in Grayson County, Virginia. I'm pretty ...
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What type of plant is this and is it a houseplant?

I came across this plant, while searching for another plant. I have no clue as to what kind of plant this is. Also, wondering if it's a houseplant as well.
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What is the name of this plant orange/yellow flower?

At first, not knowing how it looks, I thought it is yellow poppy. But then seeing pictures of it I now know that it is something else. But what? I especially like the flame-formed orange to yellow ...
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Unknown flowering tree, what is it?

What kind of tree is this? Blooming now in central Missouri, USA. Some trees look like this(more bush-like), while others look more tree-like.
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Edible Desert Plant

I came across this very interesting looking plant while browsing the Internet. Apparently, it is edible (seeds, plants, and maybe the pod), but I just can't find the name of it. It grows in the desert,...
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What is this flower that smells like a skunk?

This has been blooming in the sun in my yard in Massachusetts for the past two weeks. We've only lived here since last spring and since I didn't plant it, I'm guessing it's a perennial. What's ...
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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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What's eating my Peaches?

Several of my peaches have this crystalised goop on the outside, as seen in the first picture. Cutting the peach open reveals some kind of bug trail. The hole the bug made is full of the sticky ...
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What is this weed, found in UK, with serrated leaves and small green flowers?

It's growing everywhere in my garden and it pops up faster than I can pick it. I'm told it could be dog's mercury or gallant soldier. I'm not sure it looks the same as those. What species could 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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What is this low-growing bush with variegated leaves and red berries?

Does anybody know what plant this is? I'd like to make sure the berries aren't poisonous for my cat.
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What is this succulent with dark green paired ovate leaves?

What is the name of the following plant?
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What is this bulb with pink single flowers and glossy strap-like leaves?

I live in Sri Lanka. But this is not a local plant. Can anyone point out the name of the plant of this flower. The leaves of the plants are pointed with red arrows. The leaves of the plant are only ...
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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'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 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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Unidentified bright-green long-leaf plant? TX

This was outside just noticed it growing. Long waxy leaves, bright green, and seems to come from a very solid base. It's growing really close to a tree in a cluster of 4.
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What is this plant with serrated leaves and small white/yellow flowers?

Can you help me identify this plant? It opens in the morning and closes in the afternoon. It is growing in my backyard in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It started growing a few months ago, it does not ...
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Is this a tiny Bloodgood maple sapling? How should I care for it?

While mowing the lawn yesterday, my husband stumbled across this tiny plant. It's barely two inches tall. Some people down the street have a beautiful large tree that looks like a Bloodgood maple, and ...
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What kind of flowering tree is this?

These flowering trees are found in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. Can anyone identify what they are?
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Identify this seed pod

We got a bouquet of cut flowers from someone attending a party we were hosting. It included this thing which I assume is a seed pod of some sorts. It feels sort of like a baloon in that it is ...
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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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What are these seeds in papery pink casing?

I found these seeds all over my yard which I think were dropped by some nesting starlings. Each seed has a dry, papery pink casing. The attached photos show the seed inside the casing on the left, ...
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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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Christmas tree of unknown species

Last week I was given a tiny conifer(?) "dressed up" as miniature Christmas tree. Not a bonsai in the strict sense, rather a quite young evergreen species. Of course it came without a label and with ...
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What plant is this and how do I save it?

I've recently found this plant, which was already dying, maybe due to low temperatures, too much or too less water, poor soil... Firstly, I'd like to know its name, in order to learn how to take ...
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What is this houseplant with waxy rounded leaves and a tall straight flower spike?

Can anybody help me identify this plant from the picture posted? It has waxy rounded leaves and is very easy to look after. From the picture you'll see it is flowering in late Summer / Autumn UK.
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What is this grub-like bug that's eating my eggplant leaves?

Recently I noticed some bugs eating the leaves of my eggplant. This is the first time I've ever seen these and so far the only plants they are on are the eggplant, they wont touch the peppers next to ...
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What type of dandelion is this?

Years ago, hiking in the Malibu CA region, I saw this very unusual inflorescence that looked like a dandelion but isn't like any that I've ever seen before or since. The yellow flowers in the corner ...
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What is this (tropical?) plant called?

Does anyone know what this plant is called? It looks tropical-ish to me, but I don't know. Some bromeliad, maybe? I don't have access to the plant shown in the picture, BTW. I found the picture ...
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Can someone help me identify this type of fennel / aniseed?

This plant grows in large amounts near where I live, and I want to learn more about it. It smells very good and I would like to know what its possible uses are. I believe it is a type of aniseed or ...
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What are these dark seeds?

I found these seeds but I lost their tag. Could you please help me identify which plant these are from?
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What is the name of this brown, cracked, oval shaped seed?

I would like to know more information about this seed. Could you please tell me the seed's name? Here is also video of this seed on YouTube for more information https://youtu.be/AyuxpqqaZM8 Here ...
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What is this tall potted plant with narrow leaves and braided bark at the base?

We recently inherited a new plant with no information about the species or location where it naturally grows. It looks like it has been regularly trimmed by the previous owner, and I'm not sure if ...
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What are those orange things growing on my soil?

After two uncommonly hot & humid days in Southern California (weather is usually mild and dry), I noticed these orange things growing on my soil. Wondering what those are (see 2nd and 3rd picture ...
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Am I overwatering this unidentified (jade) plant?

I have this large unidentified plant which I keep indoors. (a present from my aunt) I don't water it too frequently, and it seems to be doing OK - it's much bigger than it was when I got it a few ...
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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 is this 3 metre tall shrub whose bottom comes from lots of thick stems?

I'm not sure if the berries change colour or not. Right now they are the size of peas and look like little watermelons. As you can see, the leaves are weird and look like sea urchins. Can anyone ...
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Can you help identify this fragrant tree?

Do you know your tropical trees? Can you identify this one? This picture of the tree's leaves and blossoms was taken in Thailand. The fragrance of these blossoms is very startling and unique. Thank ...
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What are these curly mushroom-like growths in my mulch?

In one area of the garden in the house I bought couple of months back, we have mulch and recently we are seeing the following. Not sure if this is a mushroom or not. My current guess is that the mulch ...
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What is this big plant

I found this plant between my vegetables when it was small and thought it looked interesting, so it placed it somewhere else. I couldn't imagine then that it would grow to be a sphere of almost a ...