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Pool-side ornamentals for south Louisiana
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Baton Rouge, LA
Smarty Plants on Iris native to Louisiana
A friend of mine has discovered white iris growing alongside of a swampy habitat in southeast Louisiana where there are blue, yellow and copper/red irises. We presume it is wild because it is in a na...
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Baton Rouge, LA
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Baton Rouge, LA
Carex as a shady turf alternative in Austin
I just read your answer to Barbara Medford's question about what multi-species native grasses would work to create a shady lawn. While you had some wonderful suggestions you mention a homeowner's as...
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Baton Rouge, LA
Native and non-native Wandering Jew and Four o Clocks
I am looking for information on 2 separate plants in my yard. The names that people have given me on what they are is as follows: Wondering Jew Four O'Clock
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Baton Rouge, LA
Where can white prickly poppy be viewed en mass from Baton Rouge LA?
Does the center feature the native White Prickly Poppy? When is prime blooming season? Can you give me some specific locations in the area where the plant can be seen en mass and photographed? Thank...
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Baton Rouge, LA
White evening primrose from Baton Rouge LA
My husband and I have a disagreement about Mexican Primroses. I believe I have seen patches of them which are pure white. He believes they must be faded pink ones. Do white ones occasionally grow? ...
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Baton Rouge, LA
Plant identification
Hi from Baton Rouge, I was out in Livingston Parish a week ago and saw a small tree that I had never seen before. I can't paste a picture here. It's sort of like an Osage Orange but the flowers a...
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Baton Rouge, LA
How to have Mimosa and Yucca identified.
Hello, I have recently come across what I believe to be Mimosa microphylla in a very southwest corner of Mississippi. The only thing different about this patch is its brilliant white blooms! I can no...
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Denham Springs, LA
Tree with stilt roots for Louisiana bog garden
Does Louisiana have any native trees with stilt roots? I would like one to go with my cypress and tupelo bog garden. I have several native plants such as spider lilies and blue flag irises, but I'm...
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Denham Springs, LA
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Denham Springs, LA
Plant ID from Boise ID
I have a plant growing in my bed which resembles a dandelion.. the problem is that it is really tall. Would you be able to take a look at a picture to identify it?
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Denham Springs, LA
Does the tip of the agave contain poison from Denham Spring LA
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Denham Springs, LA
Identification of vine in Louisiana
I have two vines in my backyard. I've looked at pictures of each and they both keep coming up "virginia creeper." However, both are different. Neither causes an allergic reaction. One has leaflets ...
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Denham Springs, LA
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I live in Louisiana. Out of all of the native trees that we grow, there are two in particular that always struggle no matter what the conditions are in which they grow. The first one, sassafras, is ...
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Greenwell Springs, LA
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Walker, LA
Timing for transplanting a yaupon in Louisiana
I found a female yaupon growing wild at the back of my property and would like to move it to the front. When should I do this?
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Gonzales, LA
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