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Non-native vines poisonous from Bakersfield CA
May 17, 2013
Are pink bower vines and stars and stripes mandevilla toxic to dogs?
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Affect of poisonous plant roots in soils for vegetables from Rusk TX
May 11, 2013
I have a huge old flowerbed in front of my house that I want to plant veggies in, but I'm afraid to. It has a catalpa tree there, which I sell the worms from, but the entire tree (bark, leaves, flowe...
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Are Eve's Necklace seeds poisonous to dogs from Plano TX
May 09, 2013
Are the seed pods on eve's necklace poisionous to dogs?
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Effects of Hedysarum mackenzii from Pflugerville TX
May 08, 2013
What are the effects of Hedysarum mackenzii?
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Black chokeberry edible from Huntsville ON
May 04, 2013
Can the fruit of the black chokeberry be eaten??
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Is any part of Mountain Laurel poisonous to goats from Belton TX
May 02, 2013
We are considering planting Mountain Laurel in a field where we keep goats. Will any part of the Mountain Laurel be poisonous if eaten by the goats? If it would be poisonous, could you suggest some o...
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Plant ID from Villa Hills KY
April 21, 2013
Hello I have this plant but I don't know what it is. I want to know if it's edible or what it is. I think it's catnip.
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Foxglove safety from England
April 21, 2013
Hi, regarding safety of foxgloves grown near edible plants - foxgloves are good companion plants for vegetables, in case of root vegetables they improve their storage life and quality. Foxgloves prote...
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Lupinus perennis Poisonous to Dogs?
April 14, 2013
I have heard that some lupine varieties are quite poisonous to dogs, others are not. Do you know if it's safe for my dogs if I plant and encourage Lupinus perennis in my NH meadow?
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Dog Friendly Privacy Hedge for Long Island
April 14, 2013
Can you please advise me of some plants for a privacy hedge that are non-toxic to dogs and that would thrive on Long Island, NY? I am looking for a hedge to grow to about 6-8 ft.
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Toxicity of non-native red-tip photinia to fish from Friendswood TX
April 10, 2013
Mr. Smarty Plants, I have seen several questions on Red Tip Photinia (RTP) concerning toxicity to horses, dogs and children. We recently lost over 100 gold fish and 6 large KOI in our man made back ...
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Identity of plant that looks like green onions
April 06, 2013
I have what looks like green onions growing in my lawn. They have small white flowers. Are they edible?
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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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Safety of hyrbrid and non-native trees for dogs and horses from Lawton OK
March 25, 2013
Are Arrowwood Viburnum tree, Sargent Crabapple tree & the Washington Hawthorn tree safe for dogs & horses?
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Is Cerinthe major toxic to cats in Gresham, OR
March 14, 2013
Hi, I was wondering about whether a specific plant was poisonous or not specifically to cats.. I've done a lot of searching and can't find anything on whether or not this plant is considered toxi...
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Landscaping trees and shrubs non-toxic to dogs from Monticello FL
March 08, 2013
We're landscaping and need advice on large and small evergreen trees and shrubs that are native to or will flourish in North Florida. We plan to put in a treeline (large and semi-large trees) as wel...
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Bugbane Leaf Blotch
January 24, 2013
My bugbanes (Cimicifuga/Actaea) seem to suffer from black blotches on the leaves in the summer. This happens even when they have adequate moisture. I also see it on the ones growing wild. Is this a fu...
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Plants for water park
January 03, 2013
Hi, I usually have no problem locating the right species for a given situation, but I may need some advice for this. I am looking for plants -- from annual & perennial flowers to shrubs and small t...
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Wild plums for jelly from Conroe TX
December 18, 2012
Do wild plum trees grow in my area? I want to get some next summer to make plum jelly.
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Lonicera sempervirens not harmful to dogs from Naperville IL
December 16, 2012
Is the trumpet honeysuckle (lonicera sempervirens) harmful to dogs if eaten? I have been told in the past that the common trumpet vine is harmful, but this appears to be different. Thank you!!
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Beautyberries not poisonous to cats and dogs from Haddonfield NJ
December 11, 2012
Are beauty berry plants poisonous to cats/dogs? Would like to use branches w/berries and leaves as indoor decorations.
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Cypress poisonous to livestock from Arlington, TN
December 06, 2012
Are green giant cypress poisonous to livestock?
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Wound from non-native date palm thorn Naples FL
November 12, 2012
Was trimming my pygmy date palm when a frond fell and a thorn pierced my rubber gloves and stuck me in the web of skin between my thumb and forefinger. Did not see a broken thorn but area where struc...
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Plant with dark black/purple berries in a cluster
November 06, 2012
Today at our local dog park we noticed a bush/vine that's been growing up the fence is producing berries. It didn't flower at all. The berries look to have started out green and now are changing t...
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Is horseherb toxic to chickens in Austin, TX?
November 05, 2012
My yard is almost completely horseherb (straggler daisy, calyptocarpus vialis) and I am hoping you can tell me if this is safe for chickens to eat? As common as it is here, there is nothing I could fi...
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Living fence line from Thomasville GA
November 04, 2012
I would like to create a natural fence line on my property in South Georgia. They need to be pretty dense and horse, cow, goat friendly, growing to a height of about 4ft, preferably quickly! Do you ...
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Puppy-friendly privacy screen in Montana
November 02, 2012
I need some puppy-friendly short(< 30') privacy from the gigantic windows of my next door neighbor. But- there are power lines above the area that I needed to plant! I had planned on an aspen grove, ...
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Grasses for horses in Austin
October 27, 2012
Hello Mr. Smarty Plants We just bought 4.5 acres in Travis County off HWY 290. We have 3 horses we keep on it but there is very little grass in the pastures. What is the best type of grass to seed ...
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Suitability of Carolina Cherry Laurel for Bulverde TX
October 24, 2012
The local Home Depot is selling Carolina Cherry Laurel Trees. They look beautiful. Is this a good tree for Bulverde TX..20 miles north of San Antonio? Can it survive? Will it be a high maintenance...
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Source for seeds of New Mexico locust from Abilene TX
October 23, 2012
Is there a place to buy Robinia neomexicana native to Texas or order seed from Texas grown plants?
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Are non-native Chinese pistache poisonous to alpacas from Galt CA
October 07, 2012
Are Chinese Pistachio trees poisonous to alpacas?
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Plants toxic to horses in Travis County, Texas
September 20, 2012
What plants/weeds are toxic for horses in Travis County?
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Are mountain laurel beans safe to use as rattles with small children?
September 19, 2012
Is it safe to use the mountain laurel mescalbean pods as shakers or rattles, as long as the pods are not open and the seeds left unexposed? If a small child (very small, who has no way to open the ...
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Is red tip Photinia toxic to dogs?
September 18, 2012
Is the red tip bush toxic to dogs?
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Is it quantity that makes silver nightshade poisonous to people?
September 18, 2012
I have a recipe for Asadero cheese that uses silverleaf nightshade and have eaten this cheese many times. Is it too much quantity that makes it poisonous to people?
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Is it possible to eat one nightshade berry and live?
September 16, 2012
Can I eat one nightshade berry and live? I am 18.
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Want a vine, non-toxic to dogs, for Reno, NV.
September 11, 2012
I want a non toxic (to dogs) vine for Reno, NV
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Trimming non-native sago from Fresno CA
September 10, 2012
I have a sago plant, fronds are hanging over into street, can the fronds themselves be trimmed back without removing the whole frond?
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Is Bushy Knotweed carcinogenic from West Grove PA
September 06, 2012
Is the invasive Bushy Knotweed / PORA3 / Polygonum ramosissimum toxic to the extent that the spores are carcinogenic?
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White flowering mountain laurel from Driftwood TX
August 23, 2012
I love white flowering mountain laurel (Sophora secundiflora) and want to grow one from seeds. I've had a lot of success germinating and growing purple mountain laurel from seeds (or beans), so I DO ...
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Detoxifying soil from York England
August 15, 2012
How do you neutralize toxic soil, it may have been contaminated by Foxglove Digitalis Purpurea? Thankyou
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Is Lemon Cypress toxic?
August 15, 2012
Is the Lemon Cypress toxic?
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Are Carolina Cherry Laurel seeds poisonous from Asheville NC
August 14, 2012
I have a Carolina cherry laurel in my back yard that is dropping berries into my vegetable garden beds. May be a silly question, but will the berries poison the plants (and me) when I eat them?
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Removing Mountain Laurel Seed Pods from Austin
August 14, 2012
Is it best to remove seed pods from Mt. Laurel or leave them on the tree?
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Is it safe to eat vegetables grown in the same bed as foxgloves?
August 12, 2012
I have foxglove in my flower beds and have planted tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and cantaloupe in the flower bed and now I am concerned about the shared root system. Also, my tomatoes are touching the...
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Poison ivy? vine in NJ
July 30, 2012
I have a vine growing among some vegetation in my backyard. It has a leaf with 3 "points" with ridges along its edges. The smaller leaves are reddish which is why I thought poison ivy but definite...
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Toxicity of Fan Tex Ash tree to horses
July 22, 2012
Is the Fan Tex Ash tree toxic to horses?
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What purple mushrooms grow in Texas from McKinney TX
July 14, 2012
What purple mushrooms grow in North Texas?
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Dwarf oyster plant dying in Sunrise FL
July 06, 2012
WHAT WOULD BE KILLING MY DWARF OYSTER PLANTS
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Fast-growing, Horse-safe Pasture Tree for Okeechobee, FL
July 05, 2012
I'm looking for a fast growing tree to plant in pasture that's safe for horses.
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