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Since tomatoes don't need cages in the wild, how do they stay up?

The size of the tomato has been increased with human selection. Wild tomatoes are berry sized, so the plant doesn't need extra support. The same is true for most plants that humans have selectively ...
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What is this familiar-looking exotic-shaped gentle-yellow flower?

This is a daffodil or Narcissus. It has a bulb so it will come back every year.
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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 bee(?)-attracting wildflower?

This is a poppy - a Papaver. Note the four petals and in the center of the flowers the characteristic thick ovaries with the crown-shaped top. Later, the dried capsule will open at the crown and ...
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What is this prickly, burr-covered plant with different colored flowers on the same plant?

I think this could be a common thistle, judging by the purple flower and spikes. The Wikipedia article on it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cirsium I don't know the answer to the last two questions ...
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Help identifying fern-like plant

I think it could be a baby conifer tree. Those seem to have multiple bright green cotelydons and look sort of like that. I found a couple of pictures on the internet that didn't look exactly like the ...
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How should I store wildflower seeds embedded in a piece of cotton, for several months before planting?

What a nice gesture of this animal hospital, sorry to hear about your loss. The best way to keep these seeds is in a dry and cool environment. So not in the fridge (too much moist), and not above the ...
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Can I simultaneously kill off grass and sow wildflower seed?

I thought of doing the same on a piece of land I own. I thought a lot about it, and now I finally got the chance of building a new house on that property. So what I'm thinking now is I'll wait after ...
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Another white wildflower growing in Serbia - what is it?

The bulge behind the flower (I forget the technical name) makes it look like some kind of campion. Take a look at Silene latifolia (white campion) here.
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Can you please identify this alpine, evergreen plant?

It's a mountain heath or heather, Phyllodoce empetriformis, a native perennial shrubby plant which has,variously, pale pink to deep pink to, occasionally, mauve-pink bell shaped flowers throughout ...
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What kind of flowering plant is this?

I was initially going to suggest Shasta Daisy Leucanthemum x superbum, however the leaves are not typical of that variety. I believe your suggestion of Oxeye Daisy / Leucanthemum vulgare is accurate....
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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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What is this tiny pink flower in lawn?

The term 'wood violet' is somewhat vague - this is actually one of the Oxalis varieties, so not a Viola at all; it's probably Oxalis latifolia, maybe Oxalis violacaea, often commonly known as wood ...
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Is this wild garlic?

Here you can see Lily of the Valley (left) and Wild garlic (right) in the same photo. As you can see, Lily of the Valley usually has two leafs, one wrapping the other on the stem, while Wild garlic ...
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How do plants survive in the wild without someone watering them?

The simple answer is that the soil in your containers dries out faster than real soil, especially in hot summer. Also roots of your potted plants are limited to the container, and can't go any deeper ...
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How can I tell if a plant is goldenrod or ragweed?

None of these pictures show ragweed. These are all goldenrod. Goldenrod can be allergenic but has pollen too heavy to be carried by wind and is very much unlikely a culprit of hay fever. Ragweed ...
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What is this wildflower with clusters of very small pink buds which open to white flowers?

It's one of the Polygonums (previously Persicaria, and still listed as such in many references) not entirely sure which, most pics on line are of cultivated varieties, and wild ones are quite variable ...
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What is this yellow flower with thick curved petals?

Update: Based on OP's comment about the leaves, it is possible, the tree is Senna alata I believe this beautiful specimen is Cryptochilus lutea. Look it up online and see if that jogs your memory. ...
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Is this some version of loosestrife?

It is Phytolacca americana (pokeweed). It will become very tall. See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytolacca_americana.
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What is this daisy with narrow white petals and a yellow center, that the local deer won't eat?

This is a Shasta Daisy. Deer resistant. No plant is truly is deer proof. shasta daisy
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What is this short plant with little blue flowers?

It's a speedwell, most likely slender speedwell or Veronica filiformis; it is a common lawn weed in Europe, along with one or two other similar ones, V. chaemedrys, V. serpyllifolia and V. ...
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Plant Identification - Long stalk, purple flower, growing in grass

This one is called Cardamine pratensis (Cuckoo Flower). Significant features are the pinnate leaf, small leaflets with entire edges, colour (can be pink or white) and the blooming time. The wiki page ...
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Alpine flower with yellow blossoms?

It is Lysimachia punctata, common name Loosestrife, so not exactly a wildflower - it is an herbaceous perennial which is widespread throughout Europe, including the UK, and, if grown in a dampish spot,...
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Tiny, colorful wildflower/weed

Wow! I found it! Thank you all for all of your helpful questions and suggestions, which led me to the answer. Carolina Modiola, Carolina Bristle-mallow, Creeping Mallow, Red-flowered Mallow http://...
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What type of dandelion is this?

Let me just preface this by saying that I remember when I took that photo (which, based on the time stamp, was back in April 2013), I had searched on the internet with no success: various searches by ...
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What is this plant with palmate leaves and purple flower spikes?

These are called lupins (in Britain) or lupines (in the US). They are widely found as a wildflower, but there are many cultivated varieties, of which the most common I've seen are the Russell hybrids. ...
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Pet Burial Plant Suggestions

This is kind of weird but I just lost a beloved dog 2 nights ago, Reacher. Part of the richness our animal family members add to our lives we pay for when they leave us. It is a trade I think is so ...
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What is this star-like delicate pink flower?

It looks like Lychnis flos-cuculi, also known as ragged robin.
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What is this irregular-shaped bluish flower?

This appears to be Blueweed or Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare); a reliable weed for roadsides in hot dry summers, provides food for bees. Often seen in long dense patches by motorways.
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Is This Some Kind of Mint?

Looks like it could be Perilla. Does it have a strong taste, like anise and cinnamon mixed together?
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