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Source of dollarweed for shady lawn in Hillsboro TX
December 19, 2011
I live in Hillsboro,Tx - Where can I get Dollar Weed for my shady lawn?
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Why is non-native peach tree not going dormant in Owensville IN
December 19, 2011
I have a peach tree I grew from a peach pit. It is about 2 years old. I planted the tree in my yard this summer. It is now about 3' tall. My problem is it is not going dormant. We have had several fr...
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Live oak leaves turning yellow after planting in Houston
December 19, 2011
We bought a 65 gallon live oak in early October, and have been watering fairly heavily three days a week. It seemed OK, then all of a sudden lots of the leaves are turning yellow. Is it getting too ...
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Plants resistant to salt spray in FL
December 18, 2011
What type of plants can I put in a small planter bed next to a waterfall with a saltwater pool? Everything I put in there dies. I live in Southwest Florida.
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Bluebonnets in Vermont
December 18, 2011
Hi - I visited my sister in early November and we were given a sample of bluebonnet seeds. I live in Vermont, though and did not try to plant them in the ground here, as I believe they will not surviv...
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Destruction of Straggler Daisy in Austin
December 18, 2011
I hate Straggler Daisy. Not to be offensive, but it appears from other posts on this site that you, Mr. Smarty Plants, and many others would like to treat it as a protected species. It is taking over ...
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Ground cover plant that tastes like cucumbers
December 18, 2011
It is a native ground cover plant that is edible and tastes like cucumbers. Found in the Edwards Plateau. What is the name?
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Canadian Marine West Coast Plants
December 15, 2011
What type of plants are found in the Canadian marine west coast climate?
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Flowering plant for container on lanai in South Florida
December 15, 2011
Dear Mr. Smarty Plants, I would like to purchase a flowering plant for my ailing mother for Christmas. It has to be able to grow in shade so I can place it on her table on her lanai for her to be a...
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When to seed a native grass lawn in a drought area?
December 15, 2011
I want to plant a native grass lawn. It is raining now. Can I plant it in December? It might not be raining in the spring if the drought continues.
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Science Fair Question
December 12, 2011
Dear Mr Smarty Plants, I'm working on a project for the science fair and I need to find a plant that can survive in all climates in order for my experiment to work. What plant should I use? I hope ...
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Identification of shrub in South Carolina
December 12, 2011
First, I'm in Iraq but trying to write a book and have a question on a plant that grows in South Carolina. All I can do is describe it. The bush is normally green but turns red, has large leaves, kin...
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Due to drought is pruning live oaks beneficial from Houston
December 07, 2011
Would it be beneficial (presuming a continued spring drought) to prune live oak trees more severely than usual this winter? I'm thinking that it might help them to have less mass to support.
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Native plants in Denton Co. TX pollinated by bats or hummingbirds
December 07, 2011
I am looking for a list of Denton Co. TX native plants that are pollinated by bats? Do we have any? How about hummingbirds?
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Consumption of carbon dioxide from South Korea
December 07, 2011
I am curious about what flowers consume CO2 for growing (especially 1-year life flower). Thanks.
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Problems with non-native Canary Date Palms from Miami FL
December 06, 2011
Hi: The fronts of my canary date palm, which I planted about 6 years ago, has been getting brown from the bottom of the tree and working itself towards the top for the past several months now. The b...
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Information on orchid Spiranthes odorata from Golden MS
December 06, 2011
I live in N.W. MS and am fortunate enough to receive 'Wildflower'. Even though it's geared to TX I was wondering if you can provide me information on the Spiranthes odorata that sprang up in my yar...
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Fast-growing non-invasive shrub for privacy fence in Sugar Land TX
December 06, 2011
I live in South Texas in Sugar Land. I was going to plant oleanders in my backyard along the fence as a privacy hedge, about 20 feet from my house. However, I was told they were a bad choice becaus...
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Is installing irrigation with Habiturf a good idea in Round Rock Texas?
December 05, 2011
Mr. Smarty Plants, I am in the process of planning a new lawn in my front yard. We have decided to plant the Habiturf seed mix (thank you, by the way). Originally, we planned on installing a spri...
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Color year round, welcome to Austin Texas.
December 04, 2011
I am new to Austin and want to plant colorful flowers for fall and winter that get a "wow" reaction. I have not seen much at the local nurseries. Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated!
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Failure to thrive of Tex-ash in Tucson AZ
December 02, 2011
I planted a mature (15') Tex-Ash about a year ago. Lately more and more leaves seem to be browning and it has never filled out. I am concerned I am going to lose it if I don't get it something befor...
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Sending a picture of an oak from Yorktown TX
December 02, 2011
How I can I send a pic of my oak in Yorktown near Cuero?
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Climbing native roses for Garland TX
December 02, 2011
I live in Garland, Dallas County, TX and would like climbing roses on the trellis situated against my brick home. What kind would you recommend for the area and any that would be easy to care for. T...
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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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Florida hanging vine with occasional red tongue-like leaves
December 01, 2011
I live in south Florida and I used to grow a hanging vine that had green slender leaves and an occasional red leaf that looked like a tongue that protruded horizontally from the plant. do you know wha...
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Bee-pasture recommendations for AR
November 30, 2011
Hello, I live in Melbourne, Ar, up in the NE corner of the state. I keep bees and would like to put in a couple acres of something for them. I'm leaning towards Viper's Bugloss. Do you know where I ...
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Large oak with possible Laetiporus fungus
November 29, 2011
We have a huge oak tree in front of our new house. After the first rain this fall a large fungal growth appeared in an old knothole of the tree and I would guess that it is Laetiporus. A neighborho...
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When Should Wildflower Seeds be Planted in Dallas, Texas
November 28, 2011
Mr. Pants: I have received some seed packets of wildflower seeds from GO TEXAN. How late can I plant these in central Dallas (8 a/b)?
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Want to Grow Herbs in Pots on Balcony
November 26, 2011
Nov. 20, 2011 I live in a large apartment with a front balcony. I was wondering what would grow well in pots and fresh herb this time of the year? And will lavendar work for a hanging plant as well...
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Early wildflowers for PA
November 25, 2011
What spring wildflower is the first to bloom in Erie, PA?
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Evergreen Vine for San Antonio Trellis
November 23, 2011
I have a new trellis at the end of my patio on which I want to grow an evergreen vine. The area is fairly shady. I had settled on Carolina Jasmine, but read that it is very toxic which is worrisome ...
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poisonous landscaping plants in New Mexico
November 21, 2011
Mr. Smarty Plants, I have been given the task of finding non poisonous plants and shrubbery to add to our new children's playground. This is a Head Start playground so I have to make sure anything w...
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What are the pines growing at South Padre Island, Texas
November 20, 2011
Hi, On a recent trip to South Padre Island, we noticed a large number of beautiful long leaf pines. I asked several residents what the name was but no one knew. I have searched and googled trying...
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Difference between Styrax platanifolius and Styrax patanifolius ssp. texanus
November 18, 2011
What is the difference between a Styrax platanifolius and a Styrax platanifolius texanus?
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Where are the Gulf Fritillary butterflies?
November 18, 2011
I have a beautiful passiflora plant that more of a bush than a vine, and I expected to see more Gulf Fritillary butterflies than I have seen this season (I've seen only a few over the months). My qu...
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Drought tolerant grass with little need for mowing for Hill Country of Texas
November 17, 2011
What grass would you recommend for the hill country of Texas that is drought tolerant and does not need frequent mowing?
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When to plant non-native red-tip photinia
November 17, 2011
When do you plant the Red-Tip Photinia Flowering Shrubs in Roanoke VA?
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Identification of perennial with dark red/purple flowers
November 17, 2011
Need to identify a lovely perennial here in Norfolk, Virginia. It reseeds itself, spreads, and lingers into the late fall. It has rather thick, dark green, alternate spatulate leaves at the base wit...
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Plant identification request from Wales, United Kingdom
November 17, 2011
I have a plant that has green and pink leaves and the flowers are dry but are like fingers on a hand. The leaves drop down when it needs watering, which is every other day, and the finger shaped clust...
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Overwintering Texas bluebonnets
November 17, 2011
I planted Texas Bluebonnet and I want to know how to save them through the winter months. I think they are so beautiful. Can I cover them with something?
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Identification of a cucumber-like vine with fruit
November 16, 2011
We found tiny, grape-size white melon-like fruit on a vine, with tomato-like/cucumber-like seeds. The leaves on the vine were similar to grape or cucumber leaves, but not spiny. They were behind our...
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Looking for crowsfoot and standing spruce for Christmas wreaths in Maryland
November 15, 2011
Hi, When I was a young child, my family would go out in the fall to pick two different plants for making Christmas wreaths. I recently found them on the farm across the street and want to make wreaths...
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Mexican Sycamore trees grown from seed
November 15, 2011
If someone is selling an alleged Mexican Sycamore grown from a seed harvested from a mature tree growing in Austin, is it likely to be a TRUE Mexican Sycamore -- or has it most likely been pollinated ...
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Germinating Mexican Persimmon seeds in Austin, TX.
November 15, 2011
I'm planning to germinate Mexican Persimmon seeds, and plant them this spring. I want a female for fruit. Is there any way to encourage a plant to be female, and if not, is there any way you can iden...
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How to treat bark damage on oak tree
November 15, 2011
I have an oak tree approx. 50 ft., live in austin, texas. the tree has dropped bark about 3-4 ft above ground, in a section of 4 inches by 8 inches, and the tree appears dark where the bark was. is ...
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Identification of a plant that appears to be a pink Merremia.
November 14, 2011
I recently discovered a plant growing locally that was not blooming, but based on the leaves and seed pods I thought it might be Merremia quinquefolia. This week I was able to catch it blooming and th...
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Identity of large, sunflower-like plant
November 13, 2011
We are trying to figure out the identity of a large, sunflower-like plant. It is a perennial that sends out approximately 10-12 stalks about 10 feet high. It then starts to bloom with small sunflowe...
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Non-native Podocarpus macrophyllus in Ft Worth TX
November 12, 2011
I know this question does not pertain to a native plant but I've spent too much time not finding an answer to my question. I have many mature Podocarpus macrophyllus bushes at my house I purchased in...
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Source for pecan mulch used at Wildflower Center from Austin
November 11, 2011
Hello Mr. Smarty Pants I was recently at the Wildflower Center. I saw all the pecan shell mulch and was wondering where you get it from. I noticed awhile back that it is one of the recommended mu...
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Desmodium spp. (beggar's lice) in Leander TX
November 11, 2011
Our home backs up to a greenbelt on Blockhouse Creek in Williamson County, Texas (FM 1431 and Parmer Lane). The combination of the flood and drought has left our beautiful greenbelt with an abundance...
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Groundcovers for Miami, FL
November 10, 2011
I live in Miami, Florida. I have a medium size Bismarck Palm in my front yard. What would be a good ground cover other than grass around this palm?
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Need help with yucca palm in New York City, NY.
November 10, 2011
I have had my yucca palm plant for almost 10 years. The bark has started to peel off although leaves seem fine. The second smaller separate yucca plant has half its bark and trunk gone. I can't see a...
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Information on edible tubers of hog potato from Austin
November 10, 2011
I inquired a while back about hog potato or Hoffmannseggia glauca. You gave me some information on the plant but no information on when the plant produces the edible tubers. Also how long does it take...
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Native Grass is Falling Over
November 09, 2011
Hi Mr. Smarty Plants, I've tried to find this answer but am stumped as to the cause. We live in Fredericksburg, TX and have several different tall grasses, Yellow Indian grass, Little Bluestem, wire...
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Additional screening under yaupons in Georgetown TX
November 09, 2011
We live on a corner and have a berm along the south side of our yard which blocks our backyard from the street. It was planted with uprights yaupons. With the drought, deer have eaten the bottom por...
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Transplant shock in desert willow in Austin
November 09, 2011
We planted a desert willow 5 days ago. It came in a 15-gallon pot but the tree is quite large (~10 ft) with a wide spread. We watered thoroughly during planting but have not watered since (light rai...
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Dense groundcover for full sun on the California coast.
November 08, 2011
Can you recommend a very dense ground cover that serves as a lawn (in full sun on the coast, pref. drought resistant)? Many thanks in advance.
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Are brown junipers (Juniperus ashei) dead?
November 08, 2011
If the cedar/junipers in our area are brown, will they ever come back green? Or just clear them out as dead. There are many of them due to the drought. Thank you.
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Native evergreen to replace non-native chinaberry
November 08, 2011
Looking for a native evergreen tree to replace a fruitless Chinaberry that was 35 years old. We have clay soil for about 3 feet and then you hit rock. Suggestions would be appreciated.
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Nativity of Lantana camara and Strelitzia reginae
November 08, 2011
I was wondering why Lantana Camara is not in the Wildflower's database. Multiple sources say it is native to the U.S. and North America. I was also wondering if Strelitzia reginae (Bird-of-Paradise...
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A 3-6 ft. high overwintering container plant
November 08, 2011
I live in Austin, Tx. and am looking for a plant/shrub that I can keep in a ceramic pot through out the winter. It can grow to from 3 feet to six feel.
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Trees with non-invasive roots or tops in Newhall CA
November 07, 2011
We would like to plant a tree with noninvasive roots near our garden wall and concrete driveway in a grassy area in the front yard facing west. This spot is very sunny in the afternoon with automatic ...
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Plants for a lakeside bank in NC
November 07, 2011
Our association is looking to plant a huge sloped area that runs down to Lake Wylie. We want to plant something that is good for erosion and that does not grow too tall so that we keep our view of th...
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Identification of yellow blooming plants near Temple, Texas
November 07, 2011
This question may be a challenge. We noticed fields of yellow blooming plants in the fields east of Temple. They appear to be about 4 inches tall. (we were on a bus and could not stop to look cl...
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Is sulfurous well water affecting leaves on trees in Belton TX
November 07, 2011
We installed an irrigation system for our buffalo grass lawn last spring. The grass is fine but the leaves on the trees are burned where the water hits them. I suspect that the well we are using fo...
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Native, full-sun, 4-in. evergreen grasses for Leander TX
November 07, 2011
Help! I need a native Texas evergreen sedge/grass/ground cover for full-sun/hot/dry area between sidewalk and street. The plants will need to be kept about 4" high, if growth is higher it must be mow...
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Obtaining native plants in the Austin area from Schertz TX
November 06, 2011
Hi Mr. Smarty Plants, I went to the plant sale this past weekend, I had a good time, there was a great selection of plants. I was there at 9:00AM Sat. and when I asked for some plants than I have on ...
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Drought affecting non-native Zoysia grass in Austin
November 06, 2011
Due to the extreme drought here in Austin this year and the watering restrictions our Zoysia lawn has suffered and appears to be dead in many areas of our lawn. Will it come back? Is there anything w...
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Is a Brandywine Maple messy from Westchester IL
November 06, 2011
Brandywine Maple: Does this tree produce sap, seeds or flower? As a home owner I can't afford more maintenance with clogged gutters or a sap covered car. Thank you.
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Oak sap dripping on driveway in Austin
November 06, 2011
Why would oak sap be dripping on driveway at this time when other oaks the neighbors have are not.
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Safe branch length of oaks in Clayton NC
November 06, 2011
I have 2 very large oak trees in my yard and I am concerned about the length of the branches over the house and driveway. Most seem larger than 4" in diameter. What is a safe length for these branc...
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Does molasses make glutinous corn palatable from The Philippines
November 06, 2011
What would be the effect of molasses in the growth of glutinous corn?? Does molasses make the plant palatable?
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Vine with red berries in North Carolina
November 04, 2011
I found a plant/ vine pink teardrop with red berries in the Pusgah Forest in North Carolina and no on knows the name of it. I have a photo, can you help?
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Deer Resistant plants in South Dakota
November 03, 2011
Plants and flowers that deer wont eat and will grow in Black Hills, SD
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Identification of plant with light orange fruit
November 03, 2011
Trying to identify a small, light orange, oval shaped fruit,light yellow/beige inside, many seeds, vine w/briars, behind an outbuilding in McNeill, MS. tks
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Restoring fire damage in Bastrop TX
November 03, 2011
I live in the Bastrop State Park area. We were severely affected by the wildfire and as we are trying to rebuild our home, we are being very aware of the particularities of the recovery process. We lo...
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Transplanting Blueberries in NY State
November 03, 2011
I would like to ask you about transplanting blueberry bushes. When can I move them? 3 of them are at least 10 years old and haven't done well in their current location. I have built a fence to keep t...
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Propagating a Magnolia tree from a twig cutting in New Hampshire.
November 02, 2011
I have a twig cutting from a rare magnolia tree I found on a farm in central New Hampshire. The tree seems to be at least one hundred years old. It was in full bloom in late August and I was told by t...
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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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Shade tolerant groundcover plants for Tarrant County, Texas
November 01, 2011
I live in far NE Tarrant County (Ft Worth), TX and need a groundcover that can tolerate complete shade and poor, rocky, clay soil. I need mostly for erosion control, and needs to be relatively low
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How toxic are milkweed (Asclepias spp.)?
November 01, 2011
We are considering a monarch waystation for our local elementary and are concerned about milkweed toxicity. Would it be safe to plant it in reach of children?
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Growing bluebonnets in pot in Flower Mound TX
November 01, 2011
We received a package of bluebonnet seeds along with the DVD Wildflowers: Seeds of History as a gift. In the film, Andrea DeLong mentions that bluebonnets did not grow well in a rich organic soil. W...
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Ground cover for burned acreage in Bastrop, Texas
October 31, 2011
The fire took 2/3 of the trees on my half acre in Bastrop County. It was mostly wild. What do I plant for ground cover? Do I plant native grass seed in fall? I want to keep it native as possible. ...
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Trees and shrubs turning brown in Dripping Springs TX
October 31, 2011
Due to the extended drought - a number of trees and shrubs in our Dripping Springs area property have turned brown. Specifically: Live Oak; Agarita; Ash Juniper; Cedar Elm. Is this a dormant stag...
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Spraying paint on White Pine tree trunks
October 31, 2011
Is there a paint that is safe to spray on a tree trunk without damaging/killing the tree? We have White Pines that have ~16" spacing without limbs & would like to 'camouflage' the bare space. If pa...
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Winterizing non-native sedum in Saskatchewan CA
October 31, 2011
What should be done to winterize a autumn joy (sedum)?
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When (and whether) to plant non-native red-tip photinia in Austin
October 30, 2011
With the current and forecast drought I'm wondering if the usual rules about when to plant might change. I'd like to plant red-tip photinia.
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Non-native mimosa failing to bloom in Leitchfield KY
October 29, 2011
I have a medium size mimosa tree here in KY that usually blooms beautifully; it did not bloom at all this year. It leafed out well, needs a few dead limbs pruned, but seems otherwise healthy. Please t...
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Shrubs that non-toxic to horses but that they won't eat
October 29, 2011
I am looking for a low maintenance, low water, green shrub that horses won't eat and will not be toxic to them. I want to hide my neighbors corral and keep down dust on my side. The horses have "l...
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Root growth on non-native Pittisporum Tobira from San Francisco
October 29, 2011
How do the roots grow and spread for the Pittosporum Tobira shrub? I have one that is about 20 feet tall and wonder how to care for it? Do you have a picture of how the roots grow?
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Establishing native pasture in East Texas
October 29, 2011
We are the owners of a 20 acre parcel in Harrison County, Texas. It is currently planted in pine trees. Our intentions are to thin and harvest the pine trees over the next 10 years. We would like t...
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Non-native Boulevard Cypress Pom Pom trees in Princeton NJ
October 29, 2011
I just had some landscaping done near my front door and front yard. I have two Boulevard Cypress B&B (4-5') Pom Pom. The pom poms are turning brown. What should I have been doing? I am watering them ...
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Comment on poisonous sweet pea plant from Kalama WA
October 29, 2011
No question, comment only. I am aware of the story of Christopher McCandless (Call of the Wild)and the belief that he was poisoned by ingesting part of the sweet pea plant; however I am curious what ...
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Time to trim oak trees in Austin
October 29, 2011
We have several large oak trees in desperate need of a good trimming. Given that the trees have had a very stressful drought year, when would be the best time to trim them?
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Source for seed of Blackfoot Daisy from Amarillo TX
October 29, 2011
I need help finding Melampodium leucanthum seed. I have spent the last few hours on the web searching for them. I checked the resources in your lists and cannot find seed. I live in Potter Coun...
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Central Texas flowers suitable for cutting from Leander TX
October 29, 2011
Please suggest Central TX native flowers that would be especially suitable for a "cutting garden" for interior arrangements.
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Plants for shade in Abilene TX
October 29, 2011
I live in Abilene, Texas. I am trying to find the best plants to fill in an area on the North side of my home, which gets absolutely no sun. The area is sprinklered, and stays fairly moist. I really d...
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Replacement of Arizona ash in Austin
October 28, 2011
We have two Arizona Ashes in our yard that probably have maybe a decade left in them. We want to get a couple new trees started, so they will be well established once the Ashes are near their end. In ...
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Control of Paulownia tomentosa from Westminster MD
October 28, 2011
I have heard that there is a type of herbicide that is to be applied to slashes made in the outer layer of invasive trees such as Paulownia. This type of application is reputed to prevent the little ...
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Rescue of roadside plants in Ashe Co.
October 27, 2011
I live in a wooded area off of a dirt road that is going to be widened and paved by the state. There are many native plants and shrubs growing on the side of the road in areas that will soon be pavem...
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