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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 fungus that looks like a brain coral?

It looks like a brain coral. It is about a foot in diameter. It is Dry to the touch but still a bit soft. I live in Prince Edward Island in Canada.
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What kind of caterpillar is this?

About 2 cm (when I found them). They are olive green. They have a black head, and black dots on the side, around the spiracles. They are not hairy. If I counted right, they have three pairs of prolegs ...
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What is this bush with five-petalled white flowers?

More importantly, is it poison oak? It has 3 leaves... It's located in Maryland. Click photo for full size
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What is this purple flower in my garden

What plant is this? It popped up in my garden. It looks like it might be a geranium, but I can't find it in the various lists I browsed. It's about 50 cm (20") high in total with flowers on stalks, ...
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What is this plant with strap-like leaves and a yellow-orange spear shaped flower bud?

I bought this flower plant 2 days ago. But I don't know the name of the flower. Can anyone pls tell me the name?
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What is this plant I was told to be a sort of Mentha?

The leaves are from the south of Russia (somewhere around Anapa, Krasnodar Krai) and I was told this was a sort of Mentha. I doubt that, given the leaves are so large. It does have a smell, but, ...
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What is this shrub with clumps of small white flowers?

Last year I started redoing all the front landscaping at my house. At the time, I didn't know this bush flowered, but I moved it to the back to let it grow. What is it? click on picture for full size ...
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What is this tall, vigorous weed?

I've got thousands of these coming up in my yard. In shady spots, this weed is not as big. In areas with full sun, it's huge. Click on photo for full size They have short roots and pull out of the ...
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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 is this red shrub in my garden?

I've a plant growing in my garden, that I'm hoping somebody can identify. I live in zone 5b or 6a, on the Plant Hardiness Zone Map. It's about 2-3' tall, has dark red leaves, gets little white ...
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Bonsai shedding leaves 1 week after purchase

I bought the below bonsai tree from Home Depot as a Xmas gift for a friend. I haven't even given the gift yet and the leaves are already starting to fall out en masse. I have the tree indoors in ...
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What is this grey-leaved plant, low shrub good for dry conditions?

Grey-leaved plant about 1m high and can survive tough conditions. It is a common plant in Australian gardens.
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What kind of bug is this and is it harmful?

My wife noticed this bug in our raised garden beds. I know it's hard to see scale, but they were about the size of a very very small pebble, or a large grain of sand. Is this bug a problem? Any ...
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What is this shrub/tree with small green drupes in southern Texas?

I'm hoping someone can help me identify this shrub/tree. We recently purchased this property and are still trying to figure some plants out. We live in deep south Texas, zone 8/9 but there are many ...
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Is this an Ailanthus tree (“tree of heaven”)

Just found this small tree growing on the backside of the property and wanted to know if this can be positively identified. The base of the stems are a fairly bright red that fades to green. I ...
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Name the plant please

Name the plant, please. It may be an orchid.
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Can you help me identify this pear-shaped fruit?

I need help identifying a strange fruit I discovered while camping. Its characteristics are: Roughly pear-shaped Bright green Dark green "spikes" on fruit Grown on a vine Large seeds (≈1 in) ...
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Which one of these is broccoli?

Started some broccoli from seed and it's not something I often plant. Two cells both plants look different. I'm pretty sure the one I planted in the raised bed is the broccoli because there was ...
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Vegetable garden plant identification: white tuber, tall leafy growth

My garden is a shared garden, and the plot I have was gardened by someone else last year. I have no idea who it was, so I can't ask them the following question. What is this plant in the picture ...
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What are these weed seedlings with round cotyledons?

I know it's hard to identify plants just from the seedlings but I get these weeds every year throughout my garden in Northern New Jersey and I pull them before they grow. They start to germinate ...
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What is the name of the flower in the picture?

I bought this flower 2 days ago. But I don't know the name of this flower. What is the name of this flower? And why is it not blooming?
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What is this tall stalked plant with fern-like leaves?

Can someone tell me what this is? I've got a TON of this on a new property I just moved to. Located in Dayton, Ohio, USA
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What is this Eastern African plant with alternate cordate leaves?

I would like to know what kind of plant this is. I grew it from seed I brought from a trip to Eastern Africa and all I remember is that I extracted the seed from some kind of fruit... Any ideas?
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What is this low growing plant with pink flowers?

I'm still getting to know my garden. I see these pink flowers growing and can't decide whether they're growing at random or they were planted intentionally. What type of flowers are they? Should I get ...
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Are these insect eggs from Rosy Apple Aphids?

It's that time of spring when all the bugs start coming out and the battle begins to protect my apple trees. I sprayed with a dormant spray earlier in the year but it looks like something is laughing ...
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What is this leaf vegetable with thin pale green stalks and mid-green leaves?

I thought I planted the Asian vegetable seed bok choy but what is coming out from the ground does not look like bok choy? Do you know what it is?
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What is this cactus and how should I take care for it?

I received my cactus as a gift approximately 10 years ago. I have never known what species of cactus it is and I thought it is time to figure it out. I am unfamiliar with cactus and I don't know if ...
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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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What is the name of this purple-flowered climbing plant?

I bought this plant today, it has purple flowers and it climbs. I forget to ask the seller about its name and I regret it! Any recommendation on how to care for this plant? Should I keep it in a ...
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Flowers are growing on the inner branches only

Some flowers appeared on the inner branches of a tree. What type of tree/flower is it? Should I trim on the outside? What else do I need to do to promote its growth? Will the flowers also grow on the ...
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What plants grow in my bathroom? ☣

Today I investigated threads hanging from the ceiling in my bathroom, each ca. 5cm long. They started appearing in the weeks after a recent water damage in an apartment above. At first I thought they ...
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Are all these weeds?

I can't tell the difference between plants and weeds. I want to weed my garden before I plant anything. click for their original sizes
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What is this climbing plant with three-lobed leaves and furled petals?

The flower bloomed. Here it is. This is morning glory right? The flower has not bloomed yet. This is the leaf:
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What is this shrub-looking plant with large pink flowers?

I saw this flower while walking outside and would be really interested in growing it in my garden. Could anyone give me the name for them!
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Cactus Identification: miniature branching species with reddish areolas

This is an approximately 10-year-old specimen of mine. I had a wild guess that it was a Frailea, but having looked at all the recognized species of the genus, I didn't find any that looks like it. ...
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What is this green, leafy, plant found in Austin Texas called?

This plant came with the house and I want to move it, but before I do I'd like to research it. Does anyone know what this plant is called? It's in Austin, Texas.
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What is this yellow flowering mounded plant?

I saw this flower while walking outside and would be really interested in growing it in my garden. Can anyone tell me what it's called?
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What are these hard white/brown spots growing on my houseplant?

A little more then an year ago I got six palm trees (two vases). It was the Californian equivalent of an Areca palm (the guy in the nursery suggested this one after I asked for an Areca for its air ...
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Have I carefully nurtured a blade of grass?

I'm a first-time vegetable grower, and planted a lot of pepper seeds, both hot and normal. After some time, a few began to make shoots, so I transplanted them to a larger pot. One of them was ...
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What is this plant and how do I care for it?

It's very fragrant. As you can hopefully see in the second photo, there are no thorns. The plant itself is looking a little out of control, like it could use some pruning. I'm just not sure how or ...
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What is the name of this flower (saw this in Spain) which smells amazing?

I saw this flower a week ago in Granada, Spain. It smells amazing, but I couldn't figure out the name of the plant. Does anyone have a clue?
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What is this bulb with a fuzzy purple and green flower head?

The bulb was small and white at first. Now there's this mixture of purple and green fuzziness of the flowers that's going to bloom. Any ideas what it might be? A friend found it and I just decided to ...
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What is this red stalk plant?

We have these all around the house we bought in fall. What are they? When should they flower? The previous owners were great fans of bulbs and flower beds. This is south east michigan.
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What kind of green watermelons have a red spot?

When I was a child, I saw an awesome large long watermelon (I'm guessing about 2.5 to 3.5 feet long and 1 to 1.7 feet thick, but I could be off considering I might have seen it in a garden catalog ...
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Is this a grass or weed?

Located in north central Texas. And what kind of plant is this?
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What is this horizontally growing weed with blue flowers?

What is this weed? It is what I mostly encountered when cleaning a bed of flowers after the winter here in Central Europe. The weed has blue flowers (approx. 0.5 cm in diameter) and grows mainly ...
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What is this white fibrous thing showing on top of moist soil?

I'm trying to germinate chives using a soil for seeds. I've gone through the process of watering and draining the soil after putting in the seeds. For two days now, I've been seeing this cloudy spongy ...