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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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 Marigold flowers keep animals away?

Marigolds will keep some animals away - works best on insects. Some people say marigolds will keep cats out of a bed, but I have had some feral cats that hadn't read this and they went in the beds and ...
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What are these flowering perennials with white flowers?

Well they're Yucca - I think they're Yucca flaccida rather than Yucca aloifolia (Spanish Bayonet) because the outermost leaves appear to be flopping outwards rather than remaining upright. Although I ...
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What is the name of this pinkish flower?

This is Nelumbo nucifera, the Sacred Lotus. Wikipedia article: Nelumbo nucifera, also known as Indian lotus, sacred lotus, bean of India, or simply lotus, is one of two species of aquatic plant ...
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What is this four-petal lavender to white flower?

Actually, I think this is Dame's Rocket, Hesperis matronalis. It has a four-petaled flower that is white or lilac and fragrant, blooms May-June in most places, 1-3 feet tall, with oblong, toothed ...
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Identifying these Pink and White Flowers

This is a Spiraea shrub. Here is a general article on the genus: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiraea. There are 10s of species and probably hundreds of cultivars. One of the most common garden ...
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Buds don't blossom on Chilli plant ( bud drop )

I think you overwater the chilli plant. The leaves are not very healthy. Chilli likes also dry climate, so try to water a lot less. One or twice a week. I would also not put so much fertiliser. Once ...
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Anyone know what this flower is?

Its a Wishbone Flower. I found it after searching for about an hour.
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Unidentified Plant that started blooming

This a petunia! Lucky lucky you! This just might be a trailing petunia that stays low and works great in hanging baskets. My advice? Snip those flowers off as soon as you are able. With each ...
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What plant is this flowering shrub in winter?

Camelia Japonica, very happy in zone 8, there are hundreds of varieties ,colors white to pink to red, some with spotted coloring. The flowers look small, but correct color multiple petals for "...
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My long stemmed rose is growing new leaves

I bought this rose at rite aid on clearance two years ago. We put it in water, and the stem never turned brown. After about 9 months in a glass of water, I put it in soil. It grew a bunch of new ...
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Can I preserve plant pollen?

Like you said, flowers for cross-pollination don't always coincide. Here's how to harvest and save pollen. After the flower is open, the anthers have burst/opened, and you can see mature grains of ...
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Why did my pansies die?

I have a lot of experience with pansies because they grow well here in Massachusetts, Zone 6. I like that they're among the first plants hardy enough to be outside in the spring, sometimes as early as ...
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