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Bluebonnet blooming in July in Leander TX
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Sorting for Fabaceae family for Central Texas
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Leander, TX
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Central Texas flowers suitable for cutting from Leander TX
Please suggest Central TX native flowers that would be especially suitable for a "cutting garden" for interior arrangements.
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Determining ripeness of seeds of Crotonn texensis
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Will the new bluebonnet plants survive the winter?
I live in Leander, and we've had 19 1/2 inches of rain in the past three weeks. ALL of our bluebonnets are coming up! Can they survive the winter?
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Leander, TX
Central Texas plant to grow in cavity in cedar (Juniperus ashei)
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Leander, TX
Planting wildflower seeds in Texas in February
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Leander, TX
Cutting back woody plants after freeze in Leander TX
I have several woody shrubs in a prominent location. Now that the leaves have frozen, how far back should I cut them? These are Flame Acanthus, Salvia ballotiflora, and Aloysia macrostachya, but I w...
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Leander, TX
Native, full-sun, 4-in. evergreen grasses for Leander TX
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Water-saving strategies of drought-tolerant plants
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Identity of a yellow-flowered wildflower with prickly burs
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Can users sort plant lists in the Plant Database?
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Leander, TX
Lantana isn't blooming in Leander, TX.
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Yellow-blossomed Shrub that Occurs in Arizona and Texas
What is the name of the large shrubs you will see in Arizona with the bright yellow blossoms. They grow wild everywhere, and I also see them in the town. Could you please tell me the name of them, s...
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Leander, TX
Native replacement for non-native Bermudagrass in Leander TX
We have Bermuda grass. Large patches have died due to the drought and our yard has been taken over by weeds and St. Augustine grass whose seeds must have blown in. Even when the grass was in great con...
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Marbleseed (Onosmodium sp.) propagation and use as groundcover for
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Fronds turning brown on yucca in Leander, TX
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Plants to repel mosquitoes from Leander TX
What are the best plant for repelling mosquitoes in the Leander area? The land here is hilly and rocky.
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Non-native genista racemosa from Leander TX
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Identification of eleagnus-like shrub
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