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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?
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What insect/disease causes lemons to look like a Cthulhu and how can this be prevented?

Earlier today, pictures of weirdly shaped lemons were shared on reddit. The top comment there says it is a case of citrus bud mites, which actually seems to make sense. My questions are: Is this ...
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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 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.
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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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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 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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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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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 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 ...
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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 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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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?
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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 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):
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Plant coming up under creeping junipers and in other parts of perennial gardens [closed]

As I said above I just noticed shoots of plants coming up throughout my garden. They are a red color tip attached to very long bright green/yellow roots. Would like to know what this is and how to ...
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What are these Jordanian plants? [closed]

I have been on a trip to Jordan and photographed a couple of plants which I want to identify (ie. know what their names are). Without further ado, here are the photos: Each picture consists of two ...
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Squash or gourd? Monster plant growing from mulch put on empty bed

Please help me identify this monster plant. It grew by itself late July. Yellow flower, somewhat a rounded star shape, indented leaves, some with whitish patches, yellow round smooth "fruit", small ...
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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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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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Are these lilacs/something else?

These started showing up in my backyard this year, I believe they migrated over from my neighbor's yard. Are they lilacs, or are they something else? This picture was taken in mid-May in Saginaw, ...
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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 someone identify this vine for me?

This vine is growing up around a sycamore tree in my yard. Mainly I am concerned that it is something that is toxic. Just want to make sure it isn't likely something that will make me break out in a ...
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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 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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Please help identify weird tree?

I've tried all the tree identifiers I could find and can't figure out what this tree is. Key terms: medium tree, perhaps 15 ft tall? deciduous (sheds leaves in winter) opposite leaves compound ...
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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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What is this plant and does it require a lot of sunshine? [duplicate]

Could anyone help identify this plant? I had it in my previous apartment that was facing north. Now we placed it in front of the window facing east, where it gets much more sunshine that before. Does ...
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What is this houseplant?

Does anyone know what the potted plant pictured here is?
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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 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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Can you help me identify this plant?

Can you help me identify the big plant in the center right of the photograph? I planted a lot of different seeds but I don't think this is one of them, I think it's a weed. Click photograph for full ...
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Plant Identification (greece, attica)

Do you have any idea what is this plant? Seems native here (Attica, Greece).
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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 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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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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What type of wax plant is this?

I know it's a wax plant vine; there were quite a few types on Google and the leaves look pretty similar. The leaves are just green with no white spots, just green, on them and the mature leaves are ...
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What are these 3-foot tall plants in southwest Florida?

At our new house in southwest Florida, we have a few bushes growing outside one side of our pool cage. Each plant has a single main trunk/stem, which looks like a tree or bush trunk, and they are ...
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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? I live in Ohio.
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help me identify this plant, has this special fruit

I'm having this plant from an year now, but till now I don't know the name, please can someone help me identify this plant and also tell me how keep him healthy. Here are the two photos for ...
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Can anybody identify this house plant?

Can somebody let me know the name of this house plant? My office desk has inherited it and I would like to keep him alive :)
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Identify this sprawling vine with five-lobed leaves with serrated edges

Can anyone identify this vine? It's currently growing on the ground, as it has nothing to climb, and it's sending out long shoots in several directions. I'm in zone 7a if that helps at all. Click for ...
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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 ...