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Looking for Sideroxylon celastrinum (Coma saffron plum) seeds or seedlings
February 12, 2015
Hi. I'm trying to find a good commercial source for la coma (Brumelia celastrina) seedlings/seeds. Can you help? Thanks.
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Milkweed species for Central Texas
February 11, 2015
What milkweed should I plant in the flood plain behind my house on Brushy Creek.
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Landscape professional to maintain native plants
December 20, 2014
Had native plants & buffalo grass professionaly planted earlier this year. Have had trouble finding maintenance services for our yard. Any suggestions on how to find a knowledgeable crew? Thanks...
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Looking for source of wildflower seeds in Southern California
October 08, 2014
I'm looking for a source of wildflower seed--a mix of annuals and perennials--for my desert location of La Quinta, CA
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Certified organic native grass seeds for Texas
August 10, 2014
Thanks for your previous answer to my pasture grass seed question. We know about Native American Seed but they don't sell certified organic seeds. We're not sure whether we'll be able to find cer...
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Searching for nursery with yellow nutsedge in NC
January 27, 2014
I'd like to plant yellow nut sedge as a cover to stop erosion in a lot. Where can I buy yellow nut sedge plants near Kinston, North Carolina? Thank you.
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Sources for ruellia from Houston
January 19, 2014
I want to get a bunch of either ruellia nudiflora or ruellia drummondiana in my butterfly garden. But I cannot find it anywhere, and I have no idea where to get plants or seeds. Seems most vendors...
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plant labels to indicate resistance to wildfire
November 12, 2013
I have a group of students researching plants that are more fire resistant. They have learned that keeping home landscaping around a structure will help reduce the risk of a structure catching fire i...
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Lingonberry 'Ida' Source for Commercial Production in the Pacific NW
November 08, 2013
I am having difficulty locating a Lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) cultivar named 'Ida'. Where can I purchase this plant for commercial production in the Pacific Northwest?
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Grasses for a prairie in southeast Texas
September 30, 2013
We have a small place (about 100 acres) in Colorado County, Texas, on the Colorado River north of the town of Weimar. We are gradually clearing (bulldozing) the woods of cedars. One particular spot ...
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