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Abutilon or Podocarpus Toxic to Dogs?
March 17, 2016
Are either of these plants toxic to dogs? Flowering maple or the Podocarpus henkelii shrub.
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Dwarf Form of Japanese Blueberry?
March 17, 2016
Is there a dwarf variety of Japanese blueberry that will grow in my area? Or is it so non-native that it's not in your category?
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White and Violet Flower in Missouri
March 17, 2016
When I was small I came into contact with a plant that gave me cold sweats, chills and hallucinations. All I remember was it bore a single flower with a little white and a lot of violet. It had a dark...
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Eastern Red Cedar Roots
March 17, 2016
Would an Eastern Red Cedar root system damage underground irrigation pipes?
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Native vine for fence on youth baseball field
March 15, 2016
Our community in Comanche, Texas would like to plant a native vine on the back fence of a youth baseball field. We have plans to plant an area of native grasses behind the fence, between the fence an...
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Information about mustang grapes
March 14, 2016
We live in the Driftwood area. There is a native vine that looks like Mustang grape but never produces. A friend who is native to this area called it rat vine. I miss my Mustang grape jelly. Is t...
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Removing Center Stem From Desert Spoon (Sotol) in Phoenix
March 11, 2016
I have a desert spoon. I hate the center stem. Can I remove the center stem without hurting the rest of the plant? And what is the best way to remove it? I looked for this answer in your questions bu...
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Lopidea on Texas Mountain Laurel
March 10, 2016
How do I get rid of lopidea on mountain laurel?
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Location of Elbow Bush and Gregg's Saddlebush at the Wildflower Center
March 10, 2016
I have twice looked for Forestiera pubescens (Elbow Plant) and Mortonia greggi (Gregg's Saddlebush) in your gardens and have been unable to find. I have looked on the trails as well. Would you be a...
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Native tree for Uvalde Texas
March 10, 2016
What Tree can grow in Uvalde Tx. Native type
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