Use this tag for questions that ask "what is this thing?" Pictures are helpful, as are descriptive titles. When you get an answer, consider adding a further tag (for the flower, tree, beetle etc that has been identified) so that your question is cataloged correctly. If the question is about ...

learn more… | top users | synonyms

5
votes
3answers
8k views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
247 views

What is growing in my garden that is pale yellow and pill shaped?

Near my immature corn plant (only one of them) is an odd, pale yellow, pill-shaped looking plant(?). Any idea what it is? EDIT: Took a picture a day later and it looks drastically different and ...
5
votes
1answer
306 views

What is the medium-leaved, thick-stemmed plant?

This plant was at the end of driveway, getting tossed by a previous owner. I'd like to care of it but I have zero idea what it is. Does any one know a likely candidate?
5
votes
1answer
102 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
114 views

What plant is this? It's definitely not a cactus

I recently bought a small plant from a greenhouse. The label on the plant said it was an "Old Man of the Andes", but a quick google search shows that is a cactus, and this is clearly not a cactus. ...
5
votes
2answers
353 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
232 views

What is this tall, fast growing plant?

We moved into this house in winter and now it is summer our garden is absolutely full of this stuff, so what is it and it isn't by any chance edible is it?
5
votes
1answer
275 views

What is this insect with rough brown shell on potatoes?

This insect with a rough brownish shell showed up on potatoes at a friend's house in Vermont. I've looked around in books and online and can't find anything that's an exact match. Current control ...
5
votes
1answer
253 views

What kind of bug is this and do I need to get rid of it? [duplicate]

I was looking through my vegetable garden this evening and noticed two of these bugs crawling over my lettuce: Does anyone know what type of bug this is and if it's something I need to get rid of? ...
5
votes
1answer
326 views

What kind of lily is this?

This lily is odd because of its hosta-like evergreen leaves. It is tolerant of shallow planting, weekly mowing, poor soils, and dense shade. The flower is like an Easter lily. What is the variety ...
5
votes
1answer
355 views

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:
5
votes
3answers
246 views

What is the name of this tree found in Switzerland?

What is the name of this tree? They are quite common in Switzerland. The second picture refers to Lugano. Here a couple of pictures in summer (with leaves):
5
votes
1answer
341 views

What is this white-and-purple, five-petaled flower?

What is the name of this plant? The picture was taken in Central Europe this September. The plant is more than 50 cm high and grew from seeds in a single season.
5
votes
1answer
242 views

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?
5
votes
1answer
429 views

What is this plant with white bracts around the inflorescence?

Does anyone know the name of this plant? I live in North Georgia.
5
votes
1answer
349 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
174 views

What is the name of this bamboo looking plant?

I recently found this plant hiding behind a bush. Could someone please identify it?
5
votes
1answer
305 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
517 views

I'm trying to identify this succulent

Looks like Hens & Chicks on steroids. I am in Baja California near Ensenada.
5
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
514 views

What type of plant is this?

I live in Houston, TX and this is growing in our garden (planted by previous owner). My fiancee says it's a weed but I'm thinking otherwise. Can anyone settle our debate?
5
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
760 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
88 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
117 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
70 views

What is the name of this plant and how to make it grow horizontal branches?

I have a really nice plant that grows high. I am afraid that the trunk won't be able to support it one day and it will just break. Is there a way I could force this plant to grow horizontal branches? ...
5
votes
1answer
103 views

What are these trees in the front of the picture?

Here are the trees I'm wondering about: They are growing in Hong Kong. They have moderate length leaves pointing downwards, and are twice as tall as road signs. They look like young palm trees, ...
5
votes
2answers
198 views

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.
5
votes
1answer
248 views

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.
5
votes
1answer
110 views

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?
5
votes
1answer
148 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
130 views

Identity of this plant (yellow snap-dragon looking flower)

Could someone identify this plant?
5
votes
1answer
76 views

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.
5
votes
2answers
345 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
593 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
464 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
396 views

What is this tree with dark, broad leaves?

Well, the new house has a mystery tree. Our initial guess was some form of a broad leaved ligustrum. It appears to be evergreen - no leaves have been lost yet although the neighboring peaches have ...
5
votes
1answer
153 views

What is this cactus with flat pads and spines growing in small patches?

I was given a cutting of a friend's cactus. It is growing in his front yard but he does not know much about it. His cacti are green and segmented some with red bulbs on top. I believe the red bulbs ...
5
votes
1answer
84 views

Is this plant an indoor palm of some kind?

I am trying to identify this plant - I recently moved in with my partner and this is one she had, she doesn't know what it is other than "some kind of palm" (she's not the most green fingered, they've ...
5
votes
3answers
773 views

Identifying the type of mint

A friend gave me some mint, and didn't mention what type it is. How can I tell if it's spearmint, peppermint, apple mint, lemon mint, or some other variety? I googled some pictures, but quite ...
5
votes
1answer
88 views

What is this 4“ to 5” long, light red chili?

Can you help me identify this chili plant I'm growing? The chilis are 4-5 inches long and not that hot (without the seeds, I can eat one raw without much pain, and I'm not a big spice eater). Click ...
5
votes
1answer
520 views

What is this furry, prickly leafed plant, found in the UK?

I've just moved into a new house and these weeds are dominating the garden. Any idea what they are or the best way to control them?
5
votes
1answer
172 views

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)
5
votes
2answers
174 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
376 views

What is this spiky-leaved, white-flowered plant that grows from a bulb?

I have this plant in my garden in south India. It has spiky leaves, The flowers are white, And it has bulbs in the roots What is the name of this plant?
5
votes
1answer
944 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
580 views

What is this tall tree with needle-like leaves?

Somebody saw this tree in a park (in Galicia, in northwestern Spain) and asked me to try and identify it. Here are 3 photos of the tree (click on each to enlarge):
5
votes
1answer
238 views

What is this woody plant?

I just dug up this tree (I think it is a tree), and I wanted to know if someone could help me identify it. Click for larger images. This woody plant was growing in Illinois near some marshy land ...
5
votes
3answers
183 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
80 views

What is the name of this tree? - currently a bonsai

I'm trying to find the name of this tree. It's currently a bonsai and isn't doing very well, indoors or out. It came with no identification and very basic instructions like "don't let it dry out." ...