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Is Ilex glabra Shamrock a female cultivar
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Shrub for barrier fence in Alexandria, Virginia
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Plants to control hillside erosion in Virginia.
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Washington, DC
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Washington, DC
Transplant shock in Liatris spicata
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Need suggestions for alternatives for Crape Myrtle in Washington, DC.
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Where can I go to learn more about invasive and exotic plant species?
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