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What is this tiny blue/purple flower with thin, vinelike stems, in Charles City, Virginia?

Even though I am no type of botanist, I can't resist a good puzzle. So I decided to look into http://www.wildflowersearch.com and came up with "creeping eryngo" or Eryngium prostratum Note ...
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What is this tiny blue/purple flower with thin, vinelike stems, in Charles City, Virginia?

It looks likes the beginnings of blue Hobbit stikle
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Should I avoid hybrid species of native plants for birdscaping?

Amelanchier × grandiflora is an example of a "nativar," that is, a cultivated variety of a native plant. While there's some range of opinions, reputable sources agree that it's best to plant ...
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Should I avoid hybrid species of native plants for birdscaping?

While this is a natural question to ask, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question: it depends on the particular hybrid. Naturally-occurring Hybrids Some hybrids are naturally occurring ...
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Young child wants ID for a plant in his school garden

Short answer because a longer one isn't needed. Answering on my phone so limited in formatting the link. I believe it to be Egyptian walking onion. Egyptian Walking Onion
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Young child wants ID for a plant in his school garden

Expert botanic uses many senses to identify a plant, but they know the dangers of plants. For such plant, a simple touch will tell you (by smelling the air or the hand) if is a garlic species (Alium ...
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ID request, please. For a friend in Ventura, CA. Unknown volunteer plant

Ninety-Five percent sure it's a form of Fleabane (Erigeron annuus), it's in the daisy family, and I let it grow on the margins of my property. It's considered a weed, the public flower garden I weed ...
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What is the best way to propogate Aralia nudicaulis (Wild Sarsaparilla)?

I've never grown it, but this link here https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=ARNU2 talks about propagation, and suggests that it is commercially available, scroll down for full ...
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What is this tiny blue/purple flower with thin, vinelike stems, in Charles City, Virginia?

I don't have a conclusive ID for you, but maybe this will help someone else finish the job. I am convinced this is a member of the Sanguisorba genus. The leaves, sepals, rhizome, and flower head ...
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What is this tiny blue/purple flower with thin, vinelike stems, in Charles City, Virginia?

How sure are you that the trifoliate leaves belong to this flower? It's just the flower resembles Pontederia lanceolata, see here https://www.rightplants4me.co.uk/content/plant?PlantID=2830&...
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Should I avoid hybrid species of native plants for birdscaping?

Though this answer doesn't supplant the great and detailed ones that were given when I first asked the question, I recently came across a source which addresses the precise nativar cross I was looking ...
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Which native North Eastern American ferns are suitable for a clay-rich location?

All of these should do well in zone 5 (they're native to the eastern US and Canada). Note that the ostrich fern can run quite a ways and become a nuisance in the garden. They're great in woods, though....
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What is this tiny blue/purple flower with thin, vinelike stems, in Charles City, Virginia?

Well I am going to go ahead and ID this flower as a Hyacinth. You should be able to transplant these guys to another bed this fall so that you can appreciate them better. They are a bulb plant, ...
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ID request, please. For a friend in Ventura, CA. Unknown volunteer plant

Since nobody offered other suggestions after I added 2 more pictures of the flower buds 6 days ago, I will now answer my own question. One flower is now fully open. This is Black-Eyed Susan. "...
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