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Sunday - July 12, 2009

From: crossville, TN
Region: Southeast
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Plant ID in Crossville TN
Answered by: Barbara Medford


I live in Crossville TN and have found a common plant on hikes in the state park. It has long (1-1.5)narrow leaves that are green and deep red? What is it please?


Unfortunately, even the best description is almost impossible for identification. Please go to the direction for submitting a photo on the Mr. Smarty Plants page, and we will try to figure out what your mystery plant is.

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