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Thank you Mr. Smarty Plants
January 28, 2009
Hi, this is a note of thanks, powerful thanks, for your answer to my question about carolina laurel. Our disappointment was more than made up for by your recommendation to check out OSU's wonderful ...
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Correction to question involving acid vs. alkaline soil
December 31, 2008
In a question about blueberries you said most blueberry web sites are in states with deciduous trees including pines. Not sure about your part of the world but here in NC the pine trees keep the need...
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Why do we exclude Mexican plant species?
November 17, 2008
Thanks for all your great help and your wonderful website. I have been wondering why you exclude Mexico from "North American" native plants? I live in Austin and it seems like the flora and fauna ...
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Plants native to Virginia
September 07, 2008
I would like to know what websites you would recommend for information about plants native to Virginia. Glad to have found Mr. Smarty Plants, it will be tops on my Favorites list. Thanks for your t...
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Use of pictures from our Image Gallery
August 28, 2008
I would like to use the picture of prickly wild rose on a website I am designing for information on native plants. I am designing this site for children and teachers. Who do I contact?
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Wrong photo in Native Plant Database
August 18, 2008
The picture to the left of the information for Rudbeckia laciniata L. shows a plant with a dark center. This is not the Cutleaf Conflower with which I am familiar. What is it? Thank you.
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Why is Mr. Smarty Plants website so useless?
July 16, 2008
Why is your site so useless?
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Plant database correct!
June 27, 2008
Wrong taxonomy for bald cypress tree family in your plant database?
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Why website does not have better variety of flowers
April 27, 2008
Why don't you have a better variety of flowers? I can't find the ones I have.
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Texas bluebonnets for Illinois
March 12, 2008
Thank you Mr. Smarty Plants. I will be closely checking the variety of Texas bluebonnets that I tried to plant. For the record, I did soak them first to loosen the seed shell. I think we probably just...
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