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Is Mexican petunia (Ruellia brittonianna) toxic to dogs
June 23, 2009
I would like to know if the plant known as Mexican petunia,or Katie dwarf (Ruellia brittonianna) is toxic for dogs. Thank you. Thank you.
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Are variegated ginger plants poisonous to cats?
June 16, 2009
Is a variegated ginger plant poisonous to cats?
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Photinia toxicity to dogs
June 15, 2009
is the photinia bush toxic to dogs??
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How toxic are wild cherries for horses?
June 11, 2009
I purchased a beautiful piece of heaven in the rural suburbs. I have three horses and grow my own hay. Unfortunately, I have just learned the woods surrounding my field is lined with Black Walnut, Wil...
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Is purple grass poisonous if eaten by a dog?
June 04, 2009
Is purple grass poisonous if eaten by a dog?
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Are Cleveland Pear trees in Georgia toxic to horses and/ or dogs?
June 02, 2009
Are flowering Cleveland Pear trees (Pyrus calleryana) poisonous to horses and/or dogs? I have read that the prunus species are, does that include pear trees? Please help!
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When will angels trumpet bloom in Vero Beach, FL?
May 31, 2009
At what age or height will my angel's trumpet be able to produce flowers?
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Are berries from the Carrot Wood Tree toxic to animals?
May 26, 2009
Hello, I am trying to find out if the berries on the carrot wood tree are toxic to animals - dog?
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Is Viburnum dentatum (Chicago Lustre) toxic to horses
May 26, 2009
Are Chicago Lustre Viburnum -- Viburnum Dentatum -- toxic to horses?
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Eliminating skunk cabbage in Troy, NY
May 19, 2009
My yard is overgrown with skunk cabbage. My question is how do I get rid of it?
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Is Penstemon cobaea poisonous
May 12, 2009
Is Penstemon cobaea Nutt or Wild foxglove poisonous like real fox glove? It is on a playground and Im concerned that it may not be safe for children.
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Getting rid of poison ivy
May 08, 2009
Dear Mr Smarty Plants, Likewise I also have a shady area in my yard with overgrowth of poison ivy. It borders a small duck pond and we have a Golden Retriever. I too would like to plant soon afterward...
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Is Texas ragwort (Senecio ampullaceus) toxic to livestock?
May 05, 2009
Mr. Smarty Plants, I have a question related to Texas Ragwort (Senecio ampullaceus): I am concerned about toxicity to livestock as well as interested in natural control methods. I was recentl...
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Laws pertaining to sale of poisonous plants
May 05, 2009
Are there any laws pertaining to the sale of poisonous plants. do they have to be labeled as poisonous by law?
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Is any part of flowering peach (Prunus persica) toxic to dogs
April 26, 2009
I know that peach pits and wilting leaves are poisonous to dogs, but can you tell me if any part of the Red Flowering Peach Tree (no fruit) is toxic?
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Are dogwood trees poisonous to horses?
April 26, 2009
Are dogwood trees poisonous to horses?
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Evergreen hedge non-toxic for horses and goats in Muskogee, OK
March 31, 2009
I live in northeastern Oklahoma. I am trying to find an evergreen hedge, 6-8 ft in height, 4-6 ft spread that is not harmful to horses or goats. Everything that I have found is for Zone 8 or 9.
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Can the buds and flowers from my Rhodendron tree be toxic to my puppy? Yes
March 23, 2009
I recently got a new 7 week old puppy that keeps trying to play with and eat buds and flowers off my Rhododendron tree. Could this be toxic to him?
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Is cat palm (Chamaedorea cataractarum) poisonous?
March 18, 2009
I have a Cataractarum (Cat) Palm and am wondering if it is poisonous. I have a Cockatiel who likes to play in it. Thank you!
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Do prairie verbenas (Glandularia bipinnatifida) have toxic sap?
March 16, 2009
Dear Mr. Smarty Plants, I live in Wimberley, TX and my 6 year old daughter picked wildflowers for her Mom over the weekend. I believe the species was Prairie Verbena but not 100% certain. Now, fo...
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Potential allelopathy of cultivar of Artemisia ludoviciana
March 09, 2009
I recently submitted a question regarding allelopathic potential of artemisia ludoviciana on rusty blackhaw viburnum, not specifying that I meant Vibernum rufidulum. Mr. SP interpreted my viburnum as...
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Can hackberry twigs and leaves be safely used in compost?
March 05, 2009
If Hackberry trees and leaves have growth inhibiting compounds, should they not be used in compost piles?
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Cake decorations with flowers
February 25, 2009
Can I decorate a cake with bluebonnets, lavender or mountain laurel blooms?
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Is Artemesia ludoviciana allelopathic?
February 20, 2009
I recently read that Artemisia ludoviciana is allelopathic to some other plants. I planted some last fall between a rusty blackhaw viburnum and a Mexican buckeye. Do you know whether it is phytotoxi...
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Is resurrection plant (Selaginella lepidophylla) toxic?
February 14, 2009
Is Resurrection plant (Selaginella lepidophylla)toxic? Is it safe for children to handle?
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