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Dublin, GA
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I noticed that you did not have a "Spotted Spurge", or "Chamaesyce maculata" listed. My Aunt asked me for help identifying it, until she remembered what it was.
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Bonaire, GA
Stopping Soil Erosion on a Slope
I live in Bonaire, GA and have a slope in my back yard. The soil is red clay and it gets sun most of the day. A small section of this slope tends to have a mudslide to the bottom of the slope. How ...
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Lyons, GA
Trailing milkvine, Matelea pubiflora, identified from seed pod
I have a vine that has a seed pod that looks like okra. Inside the pod is a small flat seed and a cotton-looking fiber. Please help identify, if possible.
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Louisville, GA
Need a shade tree in a limited space in Louisville, GA
Mr. Smarty Pants, Hello! What kind of tree would be good to shade, in a limited space, and having a taproot? This is in middle Ga. One side of yard has main water pipe coming in off the road and ...
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Milledgeville, GA
Wildlife gardening in Georgia
I am looking for native shrubs/flowers that will attract butterflies and/or birds. I live in Milledgeville, GA which is in central GA, 1 mile from the Oconee River. Some areas of my yard are full sun...
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MACON, GA
Plants to prevent bank erosion in Georgia
I NEED LIST OF PLANTS TO HELP PREVENT BANK EROSION. WE LIVE AT BOTTOM OF HILL THAT FURTHER SLOPES TO A POND. THE AREA IS SHADY AND WET FACING NORTHEAST. ANY RAIN CAUSES THE POND TO MUD UP. WE HAVE...
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Macon, GA
Are the seeds of my Graptopetalum paraguayense in Macon, GA fertile?
I have a Graptopetalum paraguayense that has finished blooming. I put several of the dead flowers into a Ziploc bag and shook them around, and a few hundred seeds came out. They are oblong and very sm...
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Lizella, GA
Where and when bloom; will they bloom in artificial light
Do wildflowers grow through out the world, even in desert and Arctic regions? When do they bloom? Will they bloom in artificial light? What is the most interesting fact about wildflowers?
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Claxton, GA
Plant identification
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Waynesboro, GA
Source for wintergreen to make tea in Waynesboro GA
I want to know where to buy a wintergreen tree to make tea from. Thanks. I live in Waynesboro,GA.
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Forsyth, GA
Identity of a plant at UGA Trial Gardens 15 years ago
Looking to identify a plant that was in UGA trial gardens about 15 years ago, large plant with purple flowers, fuzzy leaves like a lambs ear. Thought it started with a Thiobana or something like that
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Warwick, GA
Lilies with with wide lush foliage in Georgia
I love lilies of all kinds, but I particularly like lilies with wide lush foliage. An example would be Agapanthus foliage. What other lilies present that same attribute?
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Madison, GA
Establishing a wildflower meadow in Madison GA
Can a wildflower meadow be established by seeding in a sunny pasture without removing all existing vegetation, just mowing low and slightly loosening soil with the teeth on a front end loader?
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Augusta, GA
Plant identification for vine in Georgia
A wild vine is taking over our cypress tree. Cypress tree is in our yard beside the fence. Very thick woods behind our fence. Leafs, on vine, resemble small maple leafs. It has orange flower balls....
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Augusta, GA
Plant identification
I'm trying to figure out the name of a plant/shrub purchased a couple years ago. It was a shrub (about medium sized) with yellow blooms that smelled like lemon. I don't think it was lemon balm or le...
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Americus, GA
Are Cleveland Pear trees in Georgia toxic to horses and/ or dogs?
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Americus, GA
Replenishing a fallow field in Central Geogia.
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Ellaville , GA
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North Augusta , SC
Plants for erosion control along creek in South Carolina
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North Augusta, SC
Evergreen flowering shrub for North Augusta GA
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Help identify a plant.
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