Questions tagged [identification]

Use this tag for questions that ask "what is this thing?" Pictures, geographic location, and descriptive titles are important. Ask only one identification request per question. When you get an answer, consider adding a further tag (for the flower, tree, beetle etc. that has been identified) so your question is cataloged correctly. If the question is about determining the cause of a plant problem (e.g. disease), the diagnosis tag is more appropriate.

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Which species and group of clematis is this?

Hi! I'm new to the site, and have long been wondering who I could ask to help me identify this clematis. I've done a bit of poking around online at various nursery sites hoping to find it, but I'm a ...
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What is this 3cm green caterpillar from northern California?

We have a number of these caterpillars in the yard. They are about 3 cm long. This is on the peninsula south of San Francisco, CA, USA. I initially thought of geometer moths but it seems to have ...
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Tree identification

Can anyone say with certainty what this species of tree this is, found in Northern Michigan? The pic was taken today. Thank you in advance.
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This tree is growing in my yard - central VA zone 7 anyone ID? No flowers so far

This tree is growing wild in my yard about 10 feet tall now. It looked a little like an apple but not when I pick leaves and compare. It grew quite fast and has not flowered yet where most other trees ...
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Help with caterpillar identification

I found this caterpillar a few days ago, and at that time it was green with lighter green stripes running along its body, black spots on its head, and a few fine hairs. It had made a leaf of one of ...
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What is this plant with serrated narrow leaves?

I left my fern outside like I do every year. When its leaves fell off this year, an odd plant was growing in with it. Does any one know what this plant is?
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Bermuda grass (I think?) is a muddy mess in the winter time

I live in Knoxville, TN. My back lawn sees a lot of action year-round with two medium-sized dogs. I think much of it is Bermuda grass, since it runs close to the ground, is very thick and soft in ...
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What plant/gems are these?

What gems/plant is this? I picked up this branch in a forest past winter. The white gems(?) are still intanct after three month, without water provisioning. Location: northern Italy. Here is another ...
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Identify tree with gray ridged bark and large cordate leaves

The leaves are big and the stem is thin
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Need help identifying brown and white spots

I have two plants, one can brown spots I can scrape off and the other has white spots which are stuck to the leaves. I've just had an infestation of spider mites and they were absolutely horrendous to ...
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What are these fragile green plants with small yellow blooms in Santa Fe?

We are having cold Winter temperatures below 10 °F at night and I find a thick patch of these fragile green plants, some with small yellow blooms, all in a part of the yard that we do not water. ...
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Please help me identify this plant?

Can anyone help me identify this plant?
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Rumex? Burdock? Perennial fast-grower has us stumped in Illinois

I figured this would be an easy ID given the size of the leaves, segmented stem, and such but haven't been able to nail it down. The fence pictured is 5 feet tall.
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Red Plant Growing in a Brick

This Is growing in a brick in my backyard. Im Not Sure What It Is. Does someone Have An Idea? Is Shaped Like A Small Chinese Tree.
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What is this aromatic plant with narrow leaves and tiny white flowers that grows about 8' (2.5 m) high?

Found in New York State, zone 7 where it has invaded my herb garden and outgrew it. I was wondering if it would be a useful herb.
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Help identify this plant please

I was given this which is a small bush in a pot. I was told it was a climber but the giver doesn't remember what it is. However my puppy got hold of some earlier and ate it and since then has been ...
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What kind of maple is this?

The zone is 8a, Central Europe. The photo is taken mid-May. The back side is little purplish: Helicopters:
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What is this white, 6 petaled, spike flower?

I found this while hiking a trail passing through an old homestead near Hillsborough, NC. It was abundant in a wooded area. It blooms in April. It is about ten inches tall with a spike flower, grassy ...
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Are these sunchoke insects friend or foe?

I've never seen many insects on my Jerusalem artichokes before but this year they seem to be plentiful. Are they pests? They do seem to be having a good time and there doesn't seem to be any leaf ...
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What's the name of this small, round, light green squash?

This is a small, round, slightly flattened, light green squash. The average size is a bit bigger than a round plum (cirruela in Spanish). It looks quite distinct from Round zucchini but it might be ...
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What species of Sempervivum is this?

I have received these plants hardy to zone 6b, minimum temperatures of -23°C (-9.4°F). I know there are numerous species of Sempervivum that look alike, but I kind of hope somebody knows some details ...
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What's the name of this tropical plant?

Today I bought a tropical plant at a store, but I do not know the name of this plant. Can you give me the name and some care guidance related to this plant?
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Herbal Plant identification

This plant is growing in what is supposed to be a herb garden. Can someone help me identify it? Southeaster PA, USA End of April Update: Beginning of June
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Cactus id: Echinopsis aurea?

I have two specimens and I am trying to positively identify them. So far, I am thinking both are varieties of Echinopsis(Lobivia) aurea. I am far from sure though. So, am I any close with my guess? ...
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Whats wrong with my Jasminum Sambac?

Why it's getting sick, and what can I do to prevent this? Is this damaging, like spreading to other plants?
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Need help identifying a new plant/weed? in my garden

this appeared under Norway maple, but nowhere else in my yard. Can't find it on the Internet (yet). Deer/something ate it at first but stopped. I've added a picture of the stem. I think the other ...
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Does anyone know which plant this is (5 purple leaves with green border)? {see picture}

I found it on a trek to Pushpagiri mountains in Karnataka, India. These were growing close to the ground in abundance at the mountain peak.
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Indoor plant leaves blackening- help! It may take over second plant

One leaf is almost completely curled and black and the others have started progressing with the same thing. It’s been sitting with direct sunlight by the window during our winter in Maryland. Is it ...
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What is this tree and how can I grow a cutting?

What is this fallen tree and how can I grow a cutting? Could I cut a 50-100cm branch end and stick that in the ground with rooting hormone? This is the branch I'm eyeballing to cut, going off upward....
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What is the name of this plant that has flowers resembling white filaments?

I came across this flower in Maharashtra, India. I don't have much information about it.
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Small, spikey plant, maybe in the aloe family?

I do not know what this plant is - does anyone have any guesses? :)
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What is this dry flower?

It is hard to identify a dry/died plant. It looks like from Asteraceae family. But don't let me mislead you. It should be from North America.
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Anyone know what this plant/algae is?

I’m making a self sustaining ecosystem which has both a terrestrial part with plants and bugs, and a water part with some pond water. I’ve had it for a few months, and then this started popping up ...
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What is this two-colored flower?

I am concerned that thiis flower may be invasive, can someone idemtify it? Zone is 7.
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Identification of pink flower spike

The pink flower spikes below began blooming here in zone 8 about a week ago. It grows to about a foot. It's a pretty thing.
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What weed or grass is this taking over my St Augustine?

Can anyone help me identify what weed or grass this is that is taking over my St Augustine? Thanks
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What is this PA native shrub?

I purchased this shrub at a PA native plant sale, but I lost the information tag for it and the receipt. What is it?
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Is this a ground cover plant?

What plant is this? It looks eerily similar to a ground cover plant that has purple flowers.
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Does anyone know what plant this is?

I have this plant growing in my garden. I am wondering what plant it is It's not tall. probably like 1-2 inches. The roots are not deep. But it's almost like a creeper.
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Pest identification: white worm/larva?

I’m at my wit’s end. I have a cyclamen that I’ve had about two years now. I keep it next to a spider plant and some succulents—all containered, all indoors. About six months ago I discovered these ...
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Beetle patrolling chilli plant

Could you please help me identify the beetle colony that is patrolling my chilli plant for the last two weeks? I’ve done a quick search using Google and the keywords “beetle” and “chilli” but none ...
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Is that Bishop's weed the president is sitting in?

The Obama's presidential portraits were unveiled today. Did the artist plant Barack in a garden of Bishop's weed? Ignoring the flowers, which make little botanical sense, it sure looks like ground ...
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What plant is this upright shrub with gorgeous fall color?

This morning I stumbled upon a shrub with incredible autumn shades of leaf colors, including orange, red and yellow. It appears there are several plants of the same kind at the same place. Do you know ...
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Identify a woody plant from Eastern Missouri that causes a skin rash

These are woody multiple leaved plants that look like vines but are not. They volunteer themselves among my garden beds. They have deep roots and must be removed with a shovel. If I so much as look ...
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Please identify this flowering plant

Found this growing in my garden in the back. Growing Location/Conditions: semi-shady area, Pennsylvania, USA with regular amount of yearly rain Photos: Thank you!
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What is this resilient plant that prefers shade and little water?

I've inherited this plant that requires minimal care: just some watering every two weeks, and not much light. However, I forgot to water it for ~3 weeks, and it wilted. Took it on the balcony, where ...
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What caterpillar is this?

And how do I get rid of it... The beasts are about 2 cm long. At first I thought there was a parasite in my plants since I only saw the poppy-seed-like excrement. Until someone mentioned it was ...
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What kind of grass is this? On the side of the road in SC

On side of the road in South Carolina
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Is this an offshoot of a tree or a separate plant?

Plants native to the Sonoran Desert require watering every 6 months. The following plant, which I am not sure is native to the Sonoran Desert or not, was found to thrive in the Sonoran Desert solely ...
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What is this shrub which survives in the Sonoran Desert naturally?

Plants native to the Sonoran Desert require watering every 6 months. The following plant, which I am not sure is native to the Sonoran Desert or not, was found to thrive in the Sonoran Desert solely ...