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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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Identifying Broad-Leaf Plant/Weed

I'm in the process of systematically removing all the weeds from my backyard -- starting with dandelions and thistle. All of a sudden, this thing sprouted in the middle of a bare patch. What on earth ...
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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 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?
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What kind of plant is this growing in my friend's shower, and how can I grow one?

I came upon this plant growing in a friend's shower the other day (don't ask me why I had my camera in her shower!): I thought it added a unique and interesting touch to the shower. What kind of ...
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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 is this tree with green spherical fruit?

I have searched everywhere and cannot seem to identify the type of tree this is.
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What kind of bug is this and do I need to get rid of it?

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? ...
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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 purple flowering ground cover?

We bought a house in the winter and once the snow cleared and things started growing, we noticed this low laying plant covering large sections of our lawn. It is mostly in the very shady areas and ...
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What variety is this curvy courgette / zucchini with a bulge at the flower end?

This is a picture of courgette/zucchini from a plant I bought but no longer have the tag for. The shape shown is the same as every other courgette from the plant. They look like a coat hook to me! ...
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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 leafy weed, and how do I get rid of it without harming vegetable garden?

Bought a house last winter. It has a good size garden in the back which I wanted to plant up. A few weeks ago I went out and dug out a bunch of the weeds pictured below. I dug as deep as possible to ...
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Is this a desirable plant or a weed?

Found these growing in our flower bed of the home we recently purchased. I didn't really like how they looked, so I started ripping them out. Afterwards, I noticed some in other strategic places and ...
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What plant did this root come from?

This may be a long shot, but I've got a very large (1.5 inch diameter) root running along the side of my house. There is ivy, bamboo and lilac growing above it. There is a 20 foot magnolia about 20 ...
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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 is this small tree?

What it this small tree? It is growing in the woods so I can't get a wide shot. It grows about 15' tall and wide, with wide, arching branches. The leaves all have round shiny indented bumps scattered ...
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What is this bluish-grey bug on my lettuce, and how do I treat it?

I have a planter with several lettuce plants and other plants growing on my balcony. Recently, all of "normal" leafy lettuces were rapidly overcome by a bug. A sawtooth, more mizuna-like lettuce was ...
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What's this hard, brown bug with lots of legs and will it harm my veggies?

I recently moved my seedling outside and as I started removing weeds and moving the soil I found several of these bugs, is it something I should worry about? In case it matters, I moved some ...
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What is the Identification of this robust bulb-plant?

Original Post (as suggested by jmusser I reverted my edits and put them into an answer) In my garden there is a bulb plant growing since the beginning of last autumn. The thin leaves have grown out ...
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Is this a fungus?

I was doing my daily inspection of my plants I noticed this weird glob of stuff in the pot of one of my trees. I'm trying to figure out what exactly this is, because I've seen the same thing in ...
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What is this clover-like plant with a thick woody root system?

This plant is growing all over the place in one part of the garden. I'm wondering whether to try to get rid of it completely, or just reduce it - but I'd like to know what it is. It seems to have a ...
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What kind of lawn grass doesn't spread and is exceptionally shade tolerant?

This grass is a very good lawn grass, showed mowed and unmowed, and I would like to buy seeds for it. Of course, I can't do that unless I know what it is. It does not spread, it doesn't turn brown ...
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Advice for overwhelmed beginner

I'm the new owner of a well established garden. Unfortunately I don't really know what I'm doing... Already I seem to have lots of problems (e.g. well established Rhododendron now near death), which ...
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What is the name of this plant?

This plant is a low-growing cool season annual. I'm guessing it is in the mint family because of it's square stems, triangular hairy leaves and distinctive odor. The plants are 4-8" tall, and grow ...
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What is this houseplant?

Does anyone know what the potted plant pictured here is?
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What are these Jordanian plants?

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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What is this plant with long sharp leaves? Is it a weed?

In my garden I have several of the plants shown below. At first I thought it is a weed, but then it was quite robust against cold weather and continued to grow slowly: The leaves are long and sharp, ...
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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 is this yellow flower?

This yellow flower was growing in my yard in St Petersburg, Florida. It did not survive my xeriscaping.
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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 broad-leaved weed in my lawn and how do I kill it?

I live in San Francisco, and this plant has invaded my lawn with a vengeance. Pics are below. Its leaves/stems are slightly fuzzy, and its roots are kind of woody. It pops up all over the place and ...
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What is this large flat leafed plant with yellow flowers (central Missouri)

I live in an apartment building, and my landlord has neglected to mow the back yard for quite a while now. In this time period this unknown plant that I've never seen before has grown to a height of ...
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What is this plant with red, green and yellow colored leaves and little white flowers?

I'd like to get a hint to identify the beautiful plant with red, green and yellow leafs in the picture below. The color of the leaves has been like that since the plant has been there (at least since ...
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What's the name of this plant that has large, broad leaves with white spots?

I have this plant at home and I need to know its name so I can better take care of it. Here is a picture of the plant.
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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 animal is eating my cherry tomatoes and strawberries?

My garden (first ever!) has been doing great. Yesterday I harvested my potatoes, which left half the garden open and bare. Some critter seemed to view this now-open landscape as an invitation to come ...
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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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What is the name of this weed with red/green leaves and little white flowers?

I haven't been able to identify this weed which is prolific on the gravel (and garden beds) on the rooftop of my 10-storey condo building in downtown Vancouver, BC. Can anyone identify it and let me ...
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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 vine-like weed and how do I kill it?

I have a viney weed growing in my yard. Weed and Feed doesn't seem to affect it. It's slowly spreading to more and more of my yard every year. What is it, and how do I kill it?
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What type of miniature clover is growing with yellow flowers in my short Australian lawn?

I have a weed in my lawn which is prolific where the grass is of low height. It is a very small clover with yellow flowers. I live in the Sydney, Australia region. Here's a photo with a ruler to ...
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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 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 ...
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What is the name of this plant with 5-petaled pink flowers?

What is the name of this plant? For what it is worth, the image is from a China tour website. I am not sure if it is also popular in America.
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What is a good resource for identification of useful weeds that grow in North Central USA?

One of my favorite books in the entire world is "Weeds of the North Central States". I have an exceptionally long commute and 65 mph weed identification is something more than a pastime. However, ...