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Fast-spreading desert-type tree with thorns in yard
July 21, 2014
There is a fast spreading tree in my backyard - many multiple almost symmetric flat green oval leaves on either side of the stem (sort of like a moringa tree but this is not that). Grows straight up, ...
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Controlling a shrub/tree with lots of thorns and flowers similar to beebrush, but lots of thorns
July 08, 2014
I live in Horseshoe Bay, Llano County with 1.5 acres of natural habitat. There is a plant that I have always called Cat's Claw but in researching Cat's Claw, I may have misidentified it. It has a fl...
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Problem garden strip in Austin
May 22, 2014
Currently I live in the west half of a duplex. There is a small strip of dirt about two feet wide between the wall and the sidewalk in the backyard. It faces west, meaning it only gets sunlight duri...
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Control of non-native invasive Japanese Barberry from Enfield NH
April 22, 2014
I recently bought a home that is bordered by woods and a sizable area of invasive Japanese Barberry growing on a steep hill in and around a stone wall making it that much harder to dig up. I've alway...
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Plant ID from Cocoa FL
April 18, 2014
I am trying to identify a plant that looks like a rose bush. It has rose-like thorns. The leaves are green, slender, acute at the tip, slightly unequal at the base and the leaf stem grows closer to ...
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Edibility of Washington Hawthorn berries from Williamsport PA
February 22, 2014
Please tell me if Washington Hawthorn berries and leaves are edible and if so, how to prepare them. Thank you!
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Identification of vine with seed cluster that looks like a 3D star
October 28, 2013
I found a weird vine on the creek bank with seed clusters that look like a 3D star they also have hair like thorns on them.
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Thorny plants for a security perimeter in Austin TX
October 16, 2013
Hello, I am trying to establish a security perimeter around my property that incorporates thorny or otherwise deterrent shrubs and vines. Can you recommend some attractive native plants that would su...
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Problems with Savannah holly from Livingston TX
October 05, 2013
Our Savannah Holly standards, planted in spring 2012, are now 10' tall, with 2-3" caliper trunks at the base. Some are in decline or have died. We thought the ribbons holding them to the nursery's ...
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Plant identification of thorny shrub in Tennessee
October 03, 2013
I have a mid to dark green thorny type bush growing on my land in Cosby, Tennessee. I am originaly from NJ and I have never seen it before. The stalk is varigated and the thorns are plentiful and very...
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New thorn/bush tree in Central Texas
September 23, 2013
In Central Texas, over the last 5 years we have seen a new variety of thorn bush appear. It has very long thorns much like mesquite tree but thorns are every inch or so along the branches. The tree is...
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Identity of shrub growing wild in Austin Texas area
September 23, 2013
Hi! I need help identifying a bush growing wild in my area. I have pictures of leaves fruit and bark. I cant find a good place to post these in order to ID plant. I'm in Austin TX area. Thank...
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Identity of plant with thorns in Maryland
August 27, 2013
I live in Maryland and was walking in the woods one day when I accidentally stumbled in to a thorn bush. I don't remember what color the thorns where or very much about the plant in general but I do ...
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Does non-native Crown of Thorns cause cancer?
August 24, 2013
Does the plant, Corona De Cristo (Crown of thorns) cause cancer?
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Shriveling agave from Miami Florida
August 23, 2013
Dear Mr. Smarty Plants, Most upset - My beautiful agave (wish I could have submitted an image) has stared to misbehave. The once first liquid filled leaves, are starting to look more like the skin ...
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Will ceanothus grow in West Texas from Midland TX
August 17, 2013
re: Ceanothus - you have two ceanothus in your data base. Will any of those grow in West Texas? (southern exposure, full sun)? Will any of the California native ceanothus grow in West Texas?
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Mystery berries on vine in Montgomery County, TX
August 09, 2013
While out in the woods today on Caney Creek near Grangerland, Texas, I found what I thought to be some grapes on a vine hanging down from a tree. I brought the vine down, but when I got it home to pr...
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Plant identification of plant with leaves like poison ivy
July 30, 2013
I would like to identify a plant whose leaves look like poison ivy, but the stem is white and has thorns. It is not thready. It was prevalent in overgrown garden beds of a house in Litchfield, CT. ...
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Revegetation with Rosa Woodsii in Heber UT
July 26, 2013
I am using Woods Roses for a revegetation project (to stop trail short cutting) in a public picnic area. Growing them from seed was too slow so I am experimenting with transplanting and it is working ...
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Is Bignonia capreolata (Crossvine) known to cause skin irritation
July 23, 2013
Is Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata L.) known to cause a rash? We are trying to identify the source of a rash-after-gardening, and have not seen any of the big three (poison ivy, poison oak, poison suma...
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Identity of tree with fragrant yellow flowers and thorns
June 06, 2013
I'm not sure if this is a native plant. It's a tree, around 15" tall. The leaves are in bunches with 3-4 very sharp small spines at each bunch. Flowers are small, yellow, hang down from the leaf...
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Identification of plant with crimson tubular flowers
June 06, 2013
I saw this lovely flower in a field in Cleveland Tx. It was growing in a patch with maybe 4 or 5 other of the same yet only in that area. The flower is crimson red, long and tubular that grow on a woo...
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Getting a senna to fill out from Irvine CA
May 30, 2013
I have a Senna of some kind, started from a seed by a friend. I got it as a small,six in high) seedling. After two years it is now blooming beautifully, but is a single thin stem 4 feet tall with ve...
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Identification of thorny vine in Michigan
May 21, 2013
We have a species growing around our rural SW Michigan property that I'm trying to identify: I either see stalks up to 3 ft tall, or much longer vines if they find anchor. The most notable characte...
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Plants for indoor container gardening from Lax Vegas NV
May 10, 2013
What is an good flower to grow in a pot? I live in a apt., and like roses,tulips etc. if that helps any.
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Source for non-native Crown of Thorns from Bulverde TX
May 04, 2013
Can you please tell me where I can buy a Crown of Thorns plant in or near Bulverde, Tx.
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Want to identify thorny vines growing in Charlotte Hall, MD
April 25, 2013
I have vines with thorns growing in my wood, vining around the trees and killing them. It grows and vines go up trees of any height all the way to the top. It has green pointy leaves. If it doesn't...
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Memorial Tree Safe for Horses in Oregon
March 28, 2013
Hi! I just lost my 33 year old beloved mare, Glory! She was my childhood horse and we have had her basically her whole life. We are looking for a special tree out in the pasture for her! She is bu...
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Evergreen vine for screen
March 20, 2013
We have pretty much "dead" red-tipped photinia bushes and old pine trees that have seen better days, on a steep hillside. We need to remove and replace with a more natural setting, with some terraci...
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Landscaping a Fence with Native Plants for Central Texas
March 08, 2013
I'm looking to landscape my fence that I've lined with woven bamboo. The area gets the hot afternoon sun in summer and is pretty shady in winter. The plants need to be drought and heat tolerant. I'...
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Is Robinia pseudoaccia a good replacement tree for Shumard oaks in Austin TX?
February 27, 2013
Recently two of our Shumard trees in the front of our house died. Both trees were small/medium in size having only been growing for 13-17 years. I've been reading about Black Locust trees which accor...
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Identification of plant with red beans Catalina Mts., Arizona
February 05, 2013
While hiking at the base of the Catalina Mts. near Tucson in Jan., I came across a plant, the pods of which were open, displaying a bright red bean. I took some of the beans to plant in my yard. I was...
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Thorny shrub for deterring break-ins in southeast Texas
February 05, 2013
Looking for a very, very, thorny three or four foot tall shrub for in front of windows to deter break-ins. Considering Rosa Rugosa rose but it is not native.
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Identification of vine with hair-like prickles
January 04, 2013
Trying to find out what kind of vine I ran into yesterday while climbing a deer stand. While pushing limbs and vines down from around me, I noticed hair-like thorns stuck in my sleeves and hands. This...
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Mystery tree with yellow fruit in MN
November 12, 2012
There is a tree at my workplace, about 8' tall, with small, pea-sized yellow berries right now (Oct. 2012). The berries are attractive to Cedar Waxwings, and the tree has small leaves that are simple...
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Identity of a plant in Florida with red fruit like a small tomato
September 03, 2012
It looks like a small tomato but it isn't. It has a bunch of flakey seeds on the inside, which are a light brown in color. The outside is red, and I think it starts out growing green and also white....
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Plant identification
August 04, 2012
We found a bush on our ranch in southern Gonzales County. It has oval shaped leaves about an inch long. There are no thorns on the branches. Fruit is round and smooth, the size of a small cherry to...
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Non-toxic plants for dog yard from Freeport PA
June 24, 2012
I'm looking for wildlife-friendly native plants that aren't toxic to dogs. I have a place for some small shrubs and/or flowers. And a climbing vine that I could train on a trellis would work espec...
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Identity of poisonous thorn bush in Montgomery Texas
May 29, 2012
What is the name of a poisonous thorn bush in Montgomery Texas?
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Need options for smaller trees in neighborhoods in Austin, TX.
May 25, 2012
Please discuss smaller tree options for typical Austin neighborhood yards. These houses are built close together on the sides, and only have smallish back yards. They just don't have space for big 50...
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Identification of a plant that looks like a watermelon.
May 21, 2012
A wild plant came up in my bed that looked like a watermelon plant. It had small yellow blooms and then marble balls formed with prickly thorns. The balls were in clusters. What kind of plant is i...
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Huisaches in pots from Houston TX
May 20, 2012
I have special (and probably weird) affinity to huisaches (acacia farnesiana). As a child I used to admire the three that elegantly guarded our backyard looking almost like fingers reaching for the s...
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Rash resulting from cutting trees in NC.
May 08, 2012
My boyfriend was cutting some trees yesterday. He had thorns in his hands after he was done, and today he has a rash on his legs, a fever and he feels like throwing up. Can you tell me if its symptoms...
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Winter- and drought-resistant plant for North Central Texas
April 11, 2012
I would like to know is there a good winter and drought resistant flowering bush for my area. I would like something with bigger flowers like azaleas or roses maybe bigger, that will not grow anymore...
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Sap from agave causing reactions from Edgewater FL
April 06, 2012
Not only was I stuck with the century plant thorns and needle like ends when I was digging up its pups, but I also broke the carrot-like root of a few when I was transplanting and got the white sap on...
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Identity of flowering yellow trees in Austin
March 21, 2012
There are numerous flowering yellow trees in my Austin neighborhood. Are they mesquite or goldenball lead trees? They are quite fragrant, like a new bar of soap.
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Identity of rubbery-looking tree with long green thorns
March 21, 2012
I am trying to identify a tree that has a green rubbery look with long, sharp, green thorns. This tree is on my property in Conroe, TX and the soil type is Gladwater clay frequently flooded.
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Reseeding a dead lawn in Wimberley TX
February 07, 2012
Our new house had a sodded lawn that now appears dead. There remains a layer of sandy soil as a part of the sodding process. Is there a way to reseed these existing slabs of sod and what process wo...
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Are palm tree thorns poisonous?
January 27, 2012
Almost 3 weeks ago I trimmed the fronds of my pygmy date palm. The tip of a thorn was stuck in my finger. I pulled it out. The side of my finger is still very painful and my finger is swollen. I c...
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Is there a vine in Indiana with poisonous thorns?
December 27, 2011
I was cut at the left big toe by a brownish/red thorny vine while tracking thru dry grass near the bridge exiting 278. I'm from Indianapolis, in 46208. Was wondering if I was exposed to a poisonous v...
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North American Plants with Poisonous Thorns
December 01, 2011
Are there any plants in North America that possess poisonous thorns?
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Plant identification
November 02, 2011
I have a plant that I would like to identify. It is a tall shrub/woody vine? (approx. 8-10 feet) that has very large thorns on its branches and stems. The stems remain green during winter. It loses it...
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Eliminating black locust volunteers in Rockville MD
September 27, 2011
I am a landscape designer whose client has a very large, mature black locust in her front yard. Not surprisingly, she also has multitudes of black locust volunteers popping up all over her yard. The...
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Identification of plant with red berries toxic to dogs
August 29, 2011
I recently retrieved my poor doggy from the Vet. He had eaten a berry from an invasive-commonly seen brushy plant growing along my neighbors fence line. We try to keep our side clear-but the small lar...
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Non-native Pride of Barbados from San Antonio
August 26, 2011
I have some very successful wildly blooming "Dwarf Pride of Barbados" plants growing in my xeriscape garden. Each year I cut them back to the ground. I have just purchased a new variety called "...
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Name for paloverde look-alike near Colorado Springs
July 26, 2011
I don't know where this plant comes from. However, I am wondering what the name of plant of the following description would be. It is a shrub, about 2 to 3 feet tall and wide. It grows in zone 6 t...
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Eliminating a briar vine in American holly
July 22, 2011
I have a wild vine (I was told it is a type of briar) living on my place. The root nest is like a potato. I have dug them up, I have sprayed them and I still am plagued with them. I have a beautiful A...
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Mystery tree in Ontario
July 06, 2011
I found a tree (similar to an apple tree in blossom) in a shaded area by a stream on our property. I have never seen anything like it. It is again, like an apple branch with the blossoms, however, t...
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Plant identification of shrub with thorns and purple flowers
July 05, 2011
I have a small tree or shrub, it has very small or thin thorns on the branches. It blooms in April / May. The flowers are purple. My mother-in-law said that it has been around for over 100 years, b...
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Learning to identify native plants in backyard
June 28, 2011
Please let me know how a layman like myself can identify native plants in my backyard. I don't know the plant names and don't know if they are dicots or any other technical terms (that some websites...
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Plant identification
June 25, 2011
I see a previous question from Ohio on this plant, so I will copy the description and try to submit photos. "A year later a weed-like plant started growing beside it. It has very thorny leaves, stem...
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Plant identification
June 07, 2011
Please help me identify this volunteer plant in my back yard in Austin, TX. It has long thorns. Thank you.
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Identification of thorny shrub with blue berries
May 24, 2011
Thorny shrub with blue berries. In our acid sandy loam we have many thorn bushes. This one has small leaves like a wild pomegranate, long thorns. berries of the size and color of blueberries and is ...
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Huisache tree is not thriving in Kerr County, TX.
May 18, 2011
Our landscaper planted a Huisache tree in our back yard (Kerr County). It was planted about 3 years ago. It has grown considerably (about 15 feet tall)but it has never flowered and is always late in...
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Mystery small tree with many large thorns
May 09, 2011
In a small spot on over 2 acres, we have this strange tree/shrub. It is a single, straight stem with no branches, and has profuse, large thorns from top to bottom. At the top of the stem, the leaves...
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Identification of volunteer tree
April 28, 2011
I have a volunteer tree in my yard that has a mixture of serrated, non-serrated, and partially-serrated leaves on it. My tree identification guides all assume either serrated or non-serrated. How do...
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Knife Acacia or Shrubs for Austin
April 07, 2011
Hello, Do you know if knife acacia is a suitable plant for North Austin? Does it have sharp leaves or thorns? How large and full does it get? We are looking to replace our existing pampas grass...
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Plant identification
March 15, 2011
I don't know where this plant is from! I hope you can still help! I was given a plant,about 8in tall,stem and limbs are yellow it doesn't grow leaves it just has thorns do you have any idea what it ...
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Identification of a wild vine in East Texas
December 17, 2010
Trying to identify a wild vine that grow 15-20 feet up our trees. The leaves are dark, glossy green about 2-3" long. The edges are smooth and elongated. Each leaf is placed to the right and then the ...
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Vines and shrubs for Las Vegas, Nevada
November 17, 2010
We live in Las Vegas and would like to put some vines up on the walls of our backyard. One wall is full sun, one is partial sun partial shade, and two are all shade. We want something that is non-in...
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Landscaping north facing wall
November 08, 2010
We live in the Dallas area and have a north facing home with a large, bare wall. I would like to plant a tall, flowering shrub that will look nice all year round. Or are there flowering vines that a...
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Identification of thorny tree with lemon-like fruit
October 14, 2010
What would be a small lemon like fruit that grows on a bush with large thorns? The fruit is about the size of a golf ball, kind of fuzzy yellow skin like a lemon and smells like a cross between an or...
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Invasive, non-native Cherokee rose in Elgin TX
September 24, 2010
We have property in Elgin, TX in Bastrop county which has the red sandydirt-loam. The original owners from the 30's, must have liked the Cherokee rose. The problem is that it is planted around our ...
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Non-native Meyer lemon not bearing fruit in Austin
September 13, 2010
I have had a meyer lemon for 9 years and it has never produced fruit. What do I do? It has beautiful leaves and thorns but no fruit. Thank you, Mr. Smarty Plants
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Need help identifying a deciduous weedy shrub in Ridgefield, CT.
September 01, 2010
My overgrown property is blanketed in a deciduous weedy shrub. Its not Autumn Olive. The stems have large thorns and the shrub is comprised of many thick woody stems that, when cut have a distinctive ...
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Does goldenball leadtree (Leucaena retusa) have thorns?
July 26, 2010
I have a plant that I am told is a native Texas plant, but the person I got it from could not remember its name. They said it was very hardy and drought tolerant. It looks a little like goldenball lea...
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Allergic reaction from vine in St. George Island, FL
July 24, 2010
In the panhandle of Florida, we have a vine that looks like a blackberry vine. Seems to be poisonous. It has thorns that are dark purple and leaves a blistery, itchy rash. The leaves are green and ruf...
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Plant identification
July 15, 2010
I bought a double knock-out rose bush and planted it in my yard. A year later a weed-like plant started growing beside it. It has very thorny leaves, stems and stalk. Little purple flowers are grow...
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Native Vines for Pacific Northwest
June 30, 2010
Hello, I recently built a shed/pen for my large dog. I have a trellis horizontal above the fence to hide the shed from street. I live in Pacific NW. Do you have any suggestions on a nontoxic evergr...
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Poisonous weeds in Bedford County, PA
June 21, 2010
I am battling my second bad round of poison in a month, this time on my face and in my left eye. It's awful. Problem is, I have looked and looked for poison ivy, oak and sumac around my neighborhoo...
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Thorny shrub to use as a barrier in Michigan
June 12, 2010
What shrub/bush/tree would you recommend that grows fast, very thorny to act as a very strong deterrent/barrier that gets at least 4' tall? It would be in an open yet removed area from foot traffic ...
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Osage orange thorn in foot in Redford MO
June 01, 2010
I ran an osage orange thorn through my foot,it is very sore and very red around it. Is that something I might need to see a dr about, or it is just going to be sore for a couple days. It only happened...
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Poisonous thorn in Marion NC
May 16, 2010
Yesterday my son got a thorn stuck in his foot. I removed it but his foot is still swollen and puffy today. What kind of plants have poisonous thorns?
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Should a bloom stalk be cut down in Yuma AZ?
May 07, 2010
I have a plant in my front yard that looks like an aloe vera. It doesn't have any thorns or needles but does have a tall stalk like stem coming from the middle of it. The "stalk" is now approx. 5'...
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Plant identification
May 06, 2010
My neighbor has a few trees in his pasture that his horses love to eat the fruit off of. The fruit looks like a lemon but smaller and has lots of seeds inside of it. The trees have very long thorns on...
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Non-blooming parsley hawthorn in Madison MS
April 25, 2010
I have a parsley hawthorn that has never bloomed. It is thriving in a low area under tall pines. It gets filtered sun most of the day with more direct sun in late afternoon. I don't know the age but...
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Plant identification
April 20, 2010
I am trying to identify a flowering plant (usually potted) that is commonly seen around homes in Phoenix, AZ. It has a long (1 to 1.5 ft) bare woody stem topped by an umbel of perhaps 15-20 small red...
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Plant identification
April 16, 2010
No pictures only memory. It looks like a dried flower and grows with other wildflowers along roadside. It is mostly purple or blue purple and sometimes called statis. Stems favor dandelions, only t...
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Plant identification
March 28, 2010
Found thorny bush in woods near my home that I need to identify. It is a tall shrub (approx. 10 feet) that has very large thorns on its green branches. I don't see any flowers yet. It doesn't appear...
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Plant barrier along fence in South Central Texas
March 10, 2010
Dear Mr. Smarty Plants: I want to put in an attractive, diverse but tough plant barrier to help stop my dogs from running the fence with neighboring dogs. The 5-foot, open-wire fence is far from the...
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Plants for dry containers in Dallas
March 01, 2010
I have four, rectangular, low to the ground, clay pots on either side of my garage. They face the west and I usually forget to water them. Cactus worked but I planted the kind with thorns! Any ideas...
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Small shrub with thorns for Austin
February 08, 2010
I'm looking for a shade-tolerant 2-3' shrub with thorns, native to Texas (ideally central Texas) - an alternative to Barberry? Does such a plant exist?
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Pruning Bittersweet Vine
December 29, 2009
I am interested in learning how to prune my American bittersweet. The vine has enjoyed it's second summer in my backyard. I would like learn how to prune it, not only for size, but to help keep the...
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Thorny plant for fenceline security
December 23, 2009
What kind of thorny plant or vine would you suggest to place along a fence for security purposes
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Potted crown of thorns cactus cold tolerance in Marble Falls, TX
December 02, 2009
I have a large potted crown-of-thorns cactus. Can it remain outside this winter in the Texas Hill Country?
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Hardiness of Euphorbia milii from Marble Falls, TX
December 02, 2009
What is the hardiness of euphorbia mili, crown-of-thorns?
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Are Smilax species toxic?
October 23, 2009
I have a plant that the agriculture department told me was similax. I have a severe allergic reaction to it, after digging up the roots (potato) and burning them. I had a feeling my lungs inside were ...
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Non-blooming climbing rose in Conroe, TX
October 09, 2009
I have a climbing rose and it has never bloomed and has no thorns, it was a cutting from another rose bush. I have given it water and fertilize and have mulch around it also.
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Identification of plant responsible for thorns in dogs' fur
October 02, 2009
Do you know of a plant or bush that has very small, very thin triangle shaped thorn? My dogs have been coming in with these in their fur and I want to get rid of the plant/bush they are coming from.
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Removing invasives plants in Adairsville GA
September 29, 2009
We just moved into a new house and kudzu, greenbriar and poison ivy are trying to take over. I pulled what I could out of the trees, cut everything off at the base of the vine. I even tried digging ...
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