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Wednesday - August 13, 2008

From: Colfax, WA
Region: Northwest
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Plant identification
Answered by: Nan Hampton


Bought a plant don't know what it is or how to care for it. It looks like it's dying. Description: light to dark green, long, skinny, rounded trunk, surrounded and topped with grass like blades(top grass like blades are quite a bit shorter than the rest) they said it was a cactus but I'm not sure.


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