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What is this fast growing plant with blue/black berries?

In my garden a strange plant is growing at an incredible speed and I can't identify what kind it is. It broke through end of June and within two months it grew about 1.8-2.0m high. It now carries ...
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How do you identify a plant?

I'm pretty new to gardening and landscaping. Having recently bought a house, one of the things I'd like to be able to do is identify the trees and smaller plants that are on the property so I can ...
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What is this succulent weed?

This guy has been growing like gang busters in a newly planted bed of ground covering sedums. It's actually kind of a nice ground cover but based on its rate of spread and the fact that I didn't plant ...
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Help identifying this vine with green and white heart shaped leaves?

I honestly have no idea what this plant is. It seems to be some type of vine. I took a few pictures i will put below. As you can see there is some other plant growing in the same pot with the long ...
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What is this houseplant with large waxy leaves and a reddish base?

I have a problem with my house plant that I want to research on the net about what may have caused it and how to prevent it. The problem is I have no idea of the name of the plant. It looks like ...
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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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Can you identify this small, formerly flowering houseplant?

I received this plant as a gift. It had flowers, but they have long since vanished. The plant seems to be doing fine- it's been putting out new leaves, and it's been six months. I recently moved it ...
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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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How can I get rid of this vine-like weed with small rounded leaves?

I've got the weed shown here all in my yard, and no one can tell me what it is or how to kill it. What is this and how do I get rid of it? Click any photo for full size
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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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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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Can anyone identify this abnormality that is on my dwarf citrus?

I recently noticed what looks like small beetles on our dwarf citrus tree. Can anyone identify this abnormality? Click image for full size Is this something harmful that I should attempt to ...
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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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Can someone identify this?

I tried my hand at growing New Zealand Spinach this year. I sowed several seeds and they all came up, but a few of them do not look like the others! I don't want to accidentally eat something I ...
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What is this (allegedly) mosquito-repellent trailing plant with dark green heart-shaped leaves?

I was given a plant a while back that I was told repels mosquitoes: The little I know about it: it has dark green heart shaped leaves that grow up to about 3½" wide by 4½" long (9cm ...
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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 is the name of this bamboo looking plant?

I recently found this plant hiding behind a bush. Could someone please identify it?
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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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What is this weed and how can I eliminate it?

I live in Nova Scotia, and I have been fighting with this weed for at least 7 years. It is in my flower garden. I have gone so far as to try to follow each of the white roots though the soil and ...
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What is this little insect larvae on my cucumbers?

Need help identifying these little monsters creatures on my cucumber plants. It doesn't look like a beetle but working along side beetles.
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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'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 round neon-green fruit with a bumpy surface?

I have a vague recollection that this is called some kind of "apple" as a nickname. But I just couldn't retrieve the exact name from memory.
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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 are these curly mushroom-like growths in my mulch?

In one area of the garden in the house I bought couple of months back, we have mulch and recently we are seeing the following. Not sure if this is a mushroom or not. My current guess is that the mulch ...
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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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What is this plant? What is the white stuff on it?

I've had this plant for a long time, and for most of that time it was outdoors, in a shared area with other plants and heavy sun. It didn't do well, so I dug it out and put in it's own pot, with a ...
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Can anyone identify this weed with jagged leaves and tiny white flowers?

Here is the image: It grows in the Northeast USA in poor soil. A bit invasive but pulls out easily. I have an idea of what it is but would like confirmation. Does not smell or taste herbaceous. ...
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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 is this purple flowering ground cover? [duplicate]

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 is this “palm” looking houseplant and how do I take care of it?

I'm not sure what this plant is but I've had it for for 3-4 years. I've watered it about twice monthly and it's right by a giant window. For the last month, the branches have been getting weaker and ...
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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 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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Received a plant; need help identifying it [duplicate]

I recently inherited this plant, and am not sure of what type of plant it is or what its needs are (as far as watering, light, temp, etc.). Any help in either respect would be greatly appreciated. ...
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What is this houseplant, and why has it been dropping leaves?

I bought this plant from Ikea about 1 year ago. Everything was fine until I decided to move it to a larger pot. I used soil for vegetables and I don't think the she likes it... the leafs started ...
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What is this houseplant with variegated leaves that thrives growing in water?

A friend who was moving away left it with me; he had no idea what it is. It's currently growing in a glass mason jar of water - and has grown to an impressive size doing so - and I'm trying to figure ...
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How can I tell if a plant given to me is patented?

Sometimes, I receive an unlabeled plant start from a friend, and they do not know if it is patented. If I want to grow and sell a plant in question, is it okay to just take the chance, or is there a ...
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Does anyone know of a somewhat comprehensive plant database available online?

As a gardener I've found that doing some paperwork while gardening really assists in keeping things organized and on schedule. It occured to me the other day as I stopped to check my beeping phone ...
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How can I identify an apple variety?

We put in four young apple trees a few years ago, two cookers and two eaters, four different varieties. Now that those puny trees have grown up and started to produce a substantial crop, we're ...
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What is this weedy grass and how can I control it?

I have a grassy weed with flowering seedheads at the top. What is it and how do I get rid of it in my yard?
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What is this plant with thin leaves and a swollen woody stem?

I would like to know what is the name of this plant with long thin strap-shaped leaves which grow in clusters from a swollen stem that looks like a large woody bulb. The "bulb" is halfway out of the ...
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Hexagonal bush?

I have seen the pictured bush today when hiking around Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. From a distance, hexagonal patterns are visible: Adjacent branches grow in an almost perfect 45° angle relative to ...
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What kind of chili turns brown and shrivels when ripening on the plant?

I have a few of these chili plants growing and they produce a longish (approx 4", sometimes curled chili that turns brown and begins to shrivel (slightly) when it ripens. It does not transition to a ...
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What is the white substance on my hibiscus?

We live in Southwest Florida. About a month ago, or maybe a little longer, I trimmed back our hibiscus plants. Today, I just noticed this mass of white, almost looks powdery, substance on the branches ...
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What are the teeny tiny white bugs on my tomatoes?

The bugs are exceptionally small. I've included a video here. It may be related to the stretched and disfigured appearance of my tomatoes.
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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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Is this beetle on my apricot tree a pest?

My apricot tree is infested with black and white beetles on the branches. They are 2-3 cm / 1 inch long. I can't find an identification on the web. There is no visible damage to the tree. Is this ...
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Do clovers cause any problems?

I have a lot of what I think is Clover in my garden. Should I be concerned?
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Is this plant Giant Hogweed?

In getting our spring landscaping underway, we've run into a bush that a family member is sure that this plant (pictured) is Giant Hogweed. Click photo for full size British Columbia considers this ...
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What is this weed in my lawn and how do I control it?

I have this stuff growing throughout my yard. I live in Southern NJ, USA. It seems to only appear Mid/Late July - August. It grows in patches and if I don't pull, can spread pretty rapidly across ...