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Macon, GA
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MACON, GA
Plants to prevent bank erosion in Georgia
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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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Bonaire, GA
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Milledgeville, GA
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Griffin, GA
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What are some plants that will grow around my salt water pool where there is some salt water runoff occasionally.
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Griffin, GA
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Griffin, GA
Are Smilax species toxic?
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Shiloh, GA
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Covington, GA
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Americus, GA
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Americus, GA
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