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What is this saw tooth leaved plant, and will it flower and attract bees?

I've got these in my garden in the city of Innsbruck, Austria and I'm wondering what they are and if their flowers attract bees or other insects. They just popped up by themselves and feel really good ...
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Is this poison oak?

Here is a picture of a plant from a forest in Northern California. Is this poison oak? I’m guessing it’s not, though it does have leaves of three and a slightly longer middle stem. Can an expert ...
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What is this thorny leafless tree with lumpy yellow fruit?

A friend has this thorny green tree. It has some sort of yellow fruit but there are no leaves at all on the thing and it has thorns all over it and it's getting bigger. She lives in the Algarve in ...
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What is this vine (with purple flowers), and can I transplant/spread it?

Can anyone help identify this climbing vine with purple flowers in our backyard? It was there when we moved in, and started blooming when it got nice out (and we gave it a little water). Someone said ...
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Bonsai identification and pruning tips

I purchased my first bonsai about 4 years ago but haven't taken regular care of it, mainly just watering it occasionally in the summer and rarely during the other months. I've been too afraid to trim ...
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Small orange blobs on surface of compost

This is my first time making compost and after a month or so I've been starting to see these small orange blobs on the surface of my compost about a week after the first couple fairies' bonnets ...
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Pineapple or Date Palm?

I'm getting conflicting identification from various people. Does anybody know what the difference between a Pineapple and Date Palm is? Here are some palms that I have seen in my neighborhood each of ...
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What kind of broad-leaved tree is this?

This tree seems like a good addition to a garden/landscaping project, but I've never seen it before. Leaves are turned down. I don't know if that's an aberration for this particular plant or ...
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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 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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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 purple dried flower?

My friends have these flowers on their kitchen windowsill and they have been there in not too much direct sun for at least a year now. Does anyone know what flower this is? The purple has stayed ...
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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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I'm trying to identify this succulent

Looks like Hens & Chicks on steroids. I am in Baja California near Ensenada.
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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 annual with white trumpet-shaped flowers?

Moving into a house with a garden last year, I collected black-pepper-like seeds from a dried out small shrub. Putting two of them in a seeding pot resulted in having 2 small shrubs with relatively ...
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What is this tropical-style houseplant?

I am not at all trained in identifying plants. I've tried the tips from the question: How do you identify a plant?, but I have no idea what kind of group or family this plant belongs to, so starting a ...
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What can I do about this fern?

Bought a house this winter and I am not sure what this fern is, or how to stop it from taking over. It is growing in two areas, and in one month it went from a dozen or so small stalks to completely ...
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What is this little narrow leaved rosette forming plant?

I have a little plant and don't know it's name. I don't know how to maintain it or what kind of soil or fertilizer it needs. Any suggestion is welcomed in advance! Edit1: Can I bring out the root, ...
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What is this small, daisy-like wildflower found in open woods?

I have this attractive little wildflower growing through my yard, and I would like the identification. They get from 6"-20" tall and very slender. Before blooming, the flower buds are curled ...
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What is this spiky-leaved plant with short lived yellow flowers?

I found this growing in one of my pots. Does anyone know what it is? I think it might be a wild flower. The flowers only come out for one day and are replaced by another from the same stalk.
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How to identify real holy basil?

I need help identifying some plants. Unknown Basil 1 Unknown Basil 2 Potential Holy Basil 1 Potential Holy Basil 2 I purchased these two types of basil online. They both claim to be holy ...
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Mystery in Pennsylvania garden

This one has proven to be a real mystery, even when we asked a Master Gardener. Serrated edges, each cup 2-3 inches in width, about a foot in height.
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What plant is this and what do I do with it?

I now work at a new desk and inherited this plant. Click to enlarge. What is it and what can I do with it (to fix it or trim it)? Indoors, no sunlight. I am not a gardener :)
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An unexpected brown-violet mushroom in my garden

My grandma is a great fan of mushrooms and knows quite a lot about them. About 10 years ago, she started throwing out mushroom remnants in one special place, in order to grow her own mushrooms. In ...
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Indoor house plant identification

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 late Summer / Autumn UK.
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Colorado Plant/Weed Identification Thistle thing with purple flowers

Can anyone help me identify this plant? It is located in the foothills of Colorado. and a younger version: Have not had any luck that past few days online and would appreciate any shared ...
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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 grass is this?

Can anyone tell me what kind of grass this is? It's growing in my lawn in Central South Dakota in a partly shaded area. I seeded the area with a sun/shade mix but the seed head does not look like ...
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Where can I find a “bee melon”?

My wife remembers a shrub(?) that grew in the Azores that was called a bee melon or Melão de abelha. She describes it as growing from a bush that produced small white flowers, and then a pale whitish ...
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What is this large houseplant with long oval leaves?

This was gifted from work but no one here or at the local nursery can identify it.
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Need some help identifying a plum tree

Location: Maine Fruit: very small - blue/purple, small, oblong Blooms: small, white Leaves: small Tree: more bush like - no single trunk, 4-5 main branches split off at base at ground 10' ...
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What kind of palm tree is this and how do I care for it?

I bought a new house and have this palm tree in the front yard. No one lived in the house for over two years so it's been neglected but still looks healthy. What's the best way to clean it up and have ...
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What is this little leaved plant?

The stem of this plant goes curling up like a creeper plant. It has small leaves. Not seen any flower yet, so not sure if it flowers or not. Zoomed-in: New added pic:
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Identify Common Lawn Varieties

I've run into this problem and I'm sure others will too: I want to know what variety of lawn I've got. Knowing your lawn type is important for: watering, PH levels, fertiliser, etc. And if you ...
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What is this flying insect?

I found another strange insect flying around in my garden today that I'm hoping to get identification on. This website: ...
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What are the red berry-like structures at the base of my gardenia's flowers?

My gardenia has a multitude of red, berry-like structures at what would have been the base of the flower. Given it is now November in South Carolina, what are they and will they produce a new plant?
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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 ...
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What is this plant with spiky leaves found on a beach in Indonesia?

Some time ago I found a plant on Depok Beach (Yogyakarta, Indonesia). This is what it looks like: It looks like spiky leaves that grow from its branches. The leaves are actually quite hard: you ...
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Please identify and give suggestions on how to get rid of it

I live in West Texas. The white fluffy plant is taking over mostly in Bermuda areas. But it is starting to move into st. Augustine areas. We have BIG, decorative plants that have the same type of ...
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What is this succulent?

This succulent was purchased at a grocery store with out a tag. It is fairly quick growing, going from one inch to eight inches in a month and a half. Can anyone identify it? [Note: There is a ...
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What are these black spots on white splotches appearing on my tomato seedling?

Here are pictures of the infected leaves. I cut them off the plant as soon as I saw them today. Click for full size Here are close-ups of the most infected leaf: Click for full size What can ...
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What are these little plants with round leaves, growing in my potting soil? [closed]

I have plants growing in my seedling pots that I didn't put there. The potting soil says it's weed-free. What are these plants?
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What is this plant that closes its leaves when you touch it?

I would like to know what the name of this plant is. I came across it on 9Gag and found it really interesting: It closes all the leaves as soon as you touch it.
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Can anyone identify this weed seen near Toronto?

It was found in the Toronto area in Ontario, Canada. Here's a picture:
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Is eye-level coppicing of trees unique to Turkey, and what species are typically involved?

When travelling in Turkey some years ago, I noticed many trees (25-40cm diameter) that appeared to have been heavily pruned at a height of around 2m. Only just before leaving did I realise that this ...
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plant identification, it's shrub, about 3 metres high & at the 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. Thanks for your ...
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What is this plant with long thin leaves with serrated edges and spikes of pink flowers?

Can anyone identify this plant with long thin leaves with serrated edges and spikes of pink flowers at the tip of the stem? Is it a weed? Getting quite a few growing around my garden and not sure ...
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Can anyone identify this plant found in a rooftop garden?

I found this plant in a rooftop garden in Pittsburgh, PA. Any ideas as to what it is?
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What is the name of this purple leaved hanging plant?

One of my hanging plant's name I don't know, can you identify it? here are its pictures: Full Plant: Leaves Front Side: Leaves Back Side: (Purple side)