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What house plants or flowers act like a dehumidifier

With plants, you would be doing yourself a disservice. The average potted plant takes up moisture (water, salts and other substances from the soil) from the soil with their roots and a significant ...
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Why are the blooms dropping off my zucchini without fruiting?

Those are male flowers, so what you're experiencing (no fruit) is absolutely normal. Female flowers have a mini fruit underneath, and usually appear when the plant is a little older. Look for a ...
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Are there any benefits from leaving dead leaves in the soil around a plant?

Leaves are good compost if they are shredded. If left as is on garden beds or lawns they tend to clump and can smother the smaller perennials. To do my fall clean up I put a bagger on the mower and ...
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What is this tiny blue flower in my garden?

This is a cynoglossum, probably Cynoglossum amabile (Chinese Forget-me-not). There is also a species native to North Carolina (Cynoglossum virginianum). The native wildflower would make more sense for ...
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What is this flower with purple and white petals that roll up to form a tube?

I think that's an osteospermum whirligig, also commonly known as African Daisy or African Cape Daisy. It's a perennial in USDA Zones 10 or 11, and sub-tropical regions, and is a long-blooming annual ...
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Can Marigold flowers keep animals away?

Many people plant marigolds (Calendula officinalis, not the French marigold, Tagetes) as a 'trap' crop, but the 'trap' attracts aphids, particularly blackfly. The theory is, if the blackfly inhabit ...
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What kind of plant is this, and how do I care for it?

It's a Celosia plant. It's also known as a "fire" flower because of its yellow, orange, and red colors. It can come in a couple of other colors. It's a full sun flower that drops its seeds so it can ...
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Plant ID Needed - making my dog sick!

That is lantana. ASPCA Website says: "Lantana Additional Common Names: Shrub Verbena, Yellow Sage, Red Sage Scientific Name: Lantana camara Family: Verbenaceae Toxicity: Toxic to Dogs, Toxic to ...
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What is this small white flower, sprouting out of a single large leaf?

That is Claytonia perfoliata, known as Miner's Lettuce in the US. It's often used as a salad green in winter lettuce mixes. It's extraordinarily cold hardy. Not much flavor though (at least in my ...
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What is the name of symmetrical, orange/red flower?

That is a partially opened Lantana flower. See comparison pics: I think it is Lantana camara. See picture of L camara below:
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Why did my orchid change colors from purple to white?

You may actually have purchased a "dyed" orchid. While a very few varieties of phaleonopsis in the blue/purple family exist, they are rare, and will produce the same colored flowers each ...
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What is this black bug, how to control?

The black bugs are the larvae of ladybugs. They are there to eat the aphids. As larvae or adults ladybugs are efficient beneficial predators. There is no need to wash them away they are working for ...
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What is this decorative flower (or membrane) (or seed) (or leaf) (or fruit)?

This is Lunaria annua. Some call it the money or silver dollar plant. Lunaria annua You are looking at the seed of this plant.
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Why are my zucchini flowers closed?

Edited to add: Ahhh! The pictures you added tell a lot. Your plants are further along than I assumed based on your original post. When the plants are as far along as yours are, flowers not opening can ...
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What type of plant is this? It looks like Chamomile

Pacific Northwest, it's either Mayweed Chamomile, or Pineapple Chamomile, both members of the fennel family. As kids, we'd pull the flower heads off and chew on them for the flavor. We grew up with ...
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What is this flower that smells like a skunk?

It looks like Cleome hassleriana, commonly known as spider flower. Identifying characteristics are the compound leaves with seven leaflets, the long petioles (leaf stalks), the way that the ...
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What is the name of this low-growing plant with pink flowers?

That's a freesia, a group of iris-relatives. Due to their interesting flower shape, strong scent and comparatively low "fussyness" they have been cultivated and hybridized a lot over time. They come ...
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What is this African shrub with spikes of brilliant blue flowers?

I believe I've found it: Pycnostachys urticifolia, more commonly called Blue Witches Hat. From Annie's Annuals: Stunning, bright cobalt blue, “Witch’s Hat” blooms delight us Fall through early ...
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Can Marigold flowers keep animals away?

I haven't done specific research, but am happy to provide you with my personal experience. Every year I grow many varieties of marigolds and they're always among the least bothered in my garden. ...
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Fast-growing vine, supposed to be a flowering plant

This is definitely (I should never say definitely) but when I first saw your pictures I thought squash. This looks like WATERMELON! How long ago did you take these pictures? Any signs of little ...
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What is this unusual flowering vine?

It is a passion flower, but it's not Passiflora incarnata; your photo shows Passiflora caerulea. The rays on the first variety are wavy or crimped, whereas the second has generally straight but ...
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Does my rose flower have another flower bud in it?

Yes, although it looks as if it's not actually going to flower. It's a phenomenon known as proliferation, and it can happen in a range of plants, though it seems to be a little more common in roses. ...
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My long stemmed rose is growing new leaves

You can try rooting it if you want by snipping the stem just below a bud at the base, stripping off the thorns and leaves, leaving one leaf at the top if you like, but you can take them all off, and ...
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What flower will grow from this long narrow seed?

Found it! There's a great site for identifying seeds. And my flower is: Cosmos bipinnatus!
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What kind of roses are these?

It's next to impossible to give a 100% definite ID I'm afraid - it might help if you could provide a close up of a fully open flower and a bud that's showing colour but nowhere near open to decide ...
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Help identify blue flowers that look like Hydrangea

Let me preface this answer with: Thank you. Now I have another plant on my garden wish list. This beauty is a comparatively new cultivar of Hydrangea macrophylla with filled blooms. It is based on ...
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Can somebody try to identify this potential perennial?

Asarum canadense,canada wild ginger. Positive Id can be confirmed on the flowers of which two are just visible at the base of the stem. Relatively common to most of eastern North America. In my ...
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Any suggestions on how to control clover and grass in a flowerbed?

Composting Pros: germicide. Cons: it take times, some clover seeds can germinate after composting and it is not suitable for large gardens. Herbicides (Postemergent) Pros: As per @J. Musser 's ...
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Why does my Goji Berry produce many flowers but never bear fruit?

Goji berry vines are highly susceptible to Powdery Mildew. In fact, I wouldn't recommend trying to grow them in the Pacific Northwest as it's too damp here. In 10 years of trying, they leaf out ...
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