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Trumpet flower side effects
July 06, 2005
What happens if you eat a trumpet flower, what are the side effects and dangers?
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Smarty Plants on staghorn sumac
May 23, 2005
I currently have staghorn sumac in my yard located in Woodstock, Connecticut. it appears to be of the Rhus typhina species. i am removing these from my yard using a chainsaw and creating a pile of ...
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Smarty Plants on Texas cherry tomato
April 24, 2005
We just bought 2 Texas cherry tomato plants at the plant sale. We have to container garden in a walled courtyard due to deer. (Would deer be attracted to the plants in a garden with herbs and high de...
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Skin irritation caused by blanket flower (Gaillardia sp.)
January 29, 2005
Could you tell me whether it is the leaves or the spent flower heads, the seed heads, that cause irritation to bare legs after walking through a field of Indian Blankets? Gallardia I believe is the La...
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Smarty Plants on Poisonous Plants
October 27, 2004
Hi Mr. Smarty Plants, I wonder who among the wonderful staff at the Wildflower Center can answer this. I occasionally get requests for information on toxic or irritating plants. Beyond the obvious ...
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Poisonous Trees
September 23, 2004
Are redbuds and catalpa trees poisonous?
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Smarty Plants on poisonous plants
August 03, 2001
Do you have a list of plants that are poisonous to children and pets?
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