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blee0015
blee0015
red flower cone shape broad long leaf
  red flower cone shape broad long leaf April 17, 2014 83
red flower cone shape broad long leaf
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gardengeek
gardengeek
Leafcutter Ant
  Leafcutter Ant March 02, 2014 421
47 species
2 genera Atta, Acromyrmex

Atta : three pairs of spines, smooth exoskeleton on the upper surface of the thorax.

Acromyrmex : four pairs of spines, rough exoskeleton.
Oover 25 million years - symbiotic relationship with the fungus it farms.
They farm macrofungus from the mushroom family Agaricaceae.
Leafcutter Ant
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gardengeek
gardengeek
Monstera deliciosa
  Monstera deliciosa March 02, 2014 662
edible fruit.

a fruity taste similar to jackfruit and pineapple.

The unripe green fruits can irritate the throat and the latex of the leaves and vines can create rashes in the skin, because both contain potassium oxalate: that is the reason why the fruits have to be consumed when the scales lift up.

The fruit may be ripened by cutting it when the first scales begin to lift up
Monstera deliciosa
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kyawmin
kyawmin
Powdery Mildew
  Powdery Mildew December 23, 2013 369
Common on green grapes. Looks like powder sticking on leafs and fruits. Powdery Mildew
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lwl19892003
lwl19892003
leaf
  leaf August 29, 2013 1103
leaf
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desertblazer
desertblazer
Large Green Leaf
  Large Green Leaf August 13, 2013 997
https://www.dropbox.com/s/angcdlik3x6l5tj/2013-08-13%2017.45.49.jpg

Large Green Leaf
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xfersx
xfersx
Tricyrtis hirta
  Tricyrtis hirta August 02, 2013 1531
White , star-like flowers , heavily spotted purple with a pronounced purple stamen. The exotic flowers appear on 50cm stems in the leaf axils during late summer , through early Autumn. Enjoys cool , shaded , woodland conditions in rich moist soil , kept mulched during its Winter dormancy to protect the newly emerging shoots from frost. A charming late flowering addition to the shade garden Tricyrtis hirta
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bpt
bpt
  July 12, 2013 1276
Potted plant Basil leaf grows brown patch like a swollen blister. What is it & how to remedy this?

I live in tropics with daily temp 31-33C.

Is is too much sun light?
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Sgtpreston
Sgtpreston
leafy bulb one stalk multible flowers
  leafy bulb one stalk multible flowers June 17, 2013 1792
leafy bulb one stalk multible flowers
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lisaeytchison
lisaeytchison
green and white leaf with small 5 petal violet flower
  green and white leaf with small 5 petal violet flower May 28, 2013 946
green and white leaf with small 5 petal violet flower
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lisaeytchison
lisaeytchison
dk green and white leaf with small 5 petal violet flowers.
  dk green and white leaf with small 5 petal violet flowers. May 28, 2013 134
dk green and white leaf with small 5 petal violet flowers.
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lisaeytchison
lisaeytchison
green leaf w/ small multipetaled pinkish flower
  green leaf w/ small multipetaled pinkish flower May 28, 2013 922
green leaf w/ small multipetaled pinkish flower
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lisaeytchison
lisaeytchison
blue 5 petal flower w/ dk. green leaf / white trim
  blue 5 petal flower w/ dk. green leaf / white trim May 28, 2013 1008
blue 5 petal flower w/ dk. green leaf / white trim
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Maryelizak
Maryelizak
Yellow ball with red star on top
  Yellow ball with red star on top November 28, 2012 359
This was found on a damp leafy path after he first snowfall on 28 November. It is under an inch in diameter, maybe half an inch, and has a red star on top Yellow ball with red star on top
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Esselean
Esselean
Large leafy insect
  Large leafy insect July 21, 2012 3089
Large insect. About 10-15cm long not including antennas. Wings almost exactly mimic long leaves. Back of abdomen a vivid pinky purple colour.

Back legs look good for jumping but it doesn't look like a grasshopper. Perhaps some kind of leaf looking stick insect?
Large leafy insect
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Esselean
Esselean
Cape Broom
  Cape Broom July 21, 2012 2005
Cape Broom is a woody perennial shrub and a legume. The species is native to the Mediterranean region, and is considered an invasive plant in most places where it has been introduced.

Its reproductive vigour and preference for Mediterranean climates make it a very successful species in California and the Pacific Northwest, where it is considered a severe noxious weed, covering over 40,000 h
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forager
forager
Ginko
  Ginko July 16, 2012 3328
The Ginko dates back to the Permian, about 270 million years years ago.

The dinosaurs came on to the scene about 230 million years ago.

The dinosaurs then went extinct about 65 million years ago.
in China; some planted trees at temples are believed to be over 1,500 years old.
tolerates pollution and confined soil spaces.

They rarely suffer disease problems, even in urban
Ginko
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white flower with dark red/maroon center
  white flower with dark red/maroon center July 16, 2012 563
the leaves have 3 main parts, each resemble the shape of an oak leaf, they alternate up the stem, the flowers look similiar to a small hibiscus or mallow but the leaves don't match any images I've found, before it flowers it is a large tear drop shaped pod that has about 4 dark hairy lines per petal section of the pod, after the flower is done this pod is open with small black seeds white flower with dark red/maroon center
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forager
Spikey Leaf Galls
  Spikey Leaf Galls July 09, 2012 3151
Spikey Leaf Galls
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Esselean
Esselean
Chinese Water Chestnut
  Chinese Water Chestnut July 09, 2012 1419
Chinese Water Chestnut grass-like sedge grown for its edible corms. It ia an aquatic vegetable that grows in marshes, underwater in the mud. It has tube-shaped, leafless green stems that grow to about 1.5 metres Chinese Water Chestnut
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mamamtn1
mamamtn1
Large Wild Iris
  Large Wild Iris June 16, 2012 2164
many of the flowers grow from one long, leaf bush like plant. about 3ft or taller. Large Wild Iris
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Swinfengreen
Swinfengreen
Small purple petals large leafs
  Small purple petals large leafs June 05, 2012 120
Found in bunch of flowers bought in shops Small purple petals large leafs
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davidberkeley
davidberkeley
Bears Breeches (Acanthus Mollis)
  Bears Breeches (Acanthus Mollis) April 20, 2012 2372
Bears Breeches (Acanthus Mollis)
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cquinones
cquinones
Unknown Tubor with Wide Leaf
  Unknown Tubor with Wide Leaf April 20, 2012 1347
The leaf on each stalk is VERY shiny and the stalk itself is quite fleshy.

Leaves come up in March and grow to a width of 8 inches + on mature plant and grows to around 12-16 inches in height.
The best way to describe it physically is like a miniature umbrella.

Not to be confused with the umbrella plant which has multiple leaves spanning from a centralized point. This has one lea
Unknown Tubor with Wide Leaf
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Noahsark
Noahsark
Yellow, 3 leaf
  Yellow, 3 leaf September 30, 2011 163
Yellow, 3 leaf
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laurenchristine
laurenchristine
oval-leafed tree with black berries
  oval-leafed tree with black berries September 09, 2011 5008
oval-leafed tree with black berries
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laurenchristine
laurenchristine
oval-leafed tree with blackish berries
  oval-leafed tree with blackish berries September 09, 2011 190
oval-leafed tree with blackish berries
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lizmlangley
lizmlangley
White flower with lilac leaf covering
  White flower with lilac leaf covering July 26, 2011 270
White flower with lilac leaf covering
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chipmunkridge
chipmunkridge
Cutleaf Toothwort
  Cutleaf Toothwort July 24, 2011 449
Cutleaf Toothwort
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chipmunkridge
chipmunkridge
Umbrella Leaf
  Umbrella Leaf July 24, 2011 1724
Umbrella Leaf
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sdelgado831
sdelgado831
Plant looks like ie: "Very tall Lilly"
  Plant looks like ie: "Very tall Lilly" May 10, 2011 2353
Has no blossoms or buds so far, its about 5 feet tall as of right now, and it kind of looks like a pineapple leaf. Plant looks like ie: "Very tall Lilly"
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gardengeek
gardengeek
Pygmy Fameflower
  Pygmy Fameflower May 05, 2011 3145
This should be edible, but I'm not sure... Pygmy Fameflower
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CrookedCreek
CrookedCreek
Leaf Cactus
  Leaf Cactus March 24, 2011 2500
Leaf Cactus
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CrookedCreek
CrookedCreek
Red Brazilian Leaf Beetle
  Red Brazilian Leaf Beetle March 13, 2011 2613
Red Brazilian Leaf Beetle
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CrookedCreek
CrookedCreek
Unknown Heart Shaped Leaf
  Unknown Heart Shaped Leaf March 12, 2011 2272
Unknown Heart Shaped Leaf
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CrookedCreek
CrookedCreek
Unkown Long Leaf Plant
  Unkown Long Leaf Plant March 12, 2011 1591
Unkown Long Leaf Plant
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CrookedCreek
CrookedCreek
Lettuce in Bloom
  Lettuce in Bloom March 12, 2011 3326
Requires light, sandy, humus-rich, moist soil. Dry conditions can cause the plants to go to seed (known as bolting). It is normally grown by early and late sowing in sunny positions, or summer crops in shade.Ideally, lettuce plants require a rich, humous-laden soil that will hold moisture in the summer. They may require the soil to have lime added as a soil pH of 6.5 is just right. Quite often tho Lettuce in Bloom
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manicgardener
manicgardener
Split-leaf 'Philodendron'
  Split-leaf 'Philodendron' March 04, 2011 588
Split-leaf 'Philodendron'
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manicgardener
manicgardener
Oval-leaf Peperomia
  Oval-leaf Peperomia March 04, 2011 2625
Oval-leaf Peperomia
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Dracaena marginata
  Dracaena marginata March 02, 2011 2613
APG-III Classification:

Asparagaceae (Nolinoideae Subfamily)
[ druh-SEE-nuh mar-jin-NAY-tuh ]
USDA hardiness zones: 10B through 11
Optimal Soil pH: 6.0-6.5 [ strict to avoid chlorosis (<6.0) or iron deficiency (>6.5) ]

Optimal Temperature Range: 70-90°F

Optimal Soil Temperature: 70-80°F

Indoor Temperature Range: 70-80°F
At soil or air t
Dracaena marginata
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Madagascar Dragon Tree
  Madagascar Dragon Tree March 02, 2011 2864
APG-III Classification:
Asparagaceae (Nolinoideae Subfamily)

[ druh-SEE-nuh mar-jin-NAY-tuh ]

USDA hardiness zones: 10B through 11

Optimal Soil pH: 6.0-6.5 [ strict to avoid chlorosis (<6.0) or iron deficiency (>6.5) ]
Optimal Temperature Range: 70-90°F
Optimal Soil Temperature: 70-80°F
Indoor Temperature Range: 70-80°F

At soil or air tempe
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rb21654
rb21654
Orchid Fertilizer - Caring For Orchids
  Orchid Fertilizer - Caring For Orchids February 06, 2011 3293
Orchids in their natural environment, obtain nutrients from organic matter that accumulates around their roots. When fertilizing orchids you provide them with the nutrients they need to help them flourish and also keeps your plants healthy.

It's best when fertilizing orchids is to fertilize often. Fertilize once a week or whenever you water, but only fertilize when they are actively growing
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Orchid Maintenance - Keeping Your Orchids Healthy
  Orchid Maintenance - Keeping Your Orchids Healthy January 20, 2011 3366
Several things come to mind when talking about orchid maintenance and the proper way to care for them. Some of the things that do come to mind are how much light do they need, how much and when to water them, the correct temperature, when to fertilize and how often, the type of potting material to use, and ventilation. These are all important factors in good orchid maintenance.

Light

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Biocentric333
Biocentric333
Redleaf Japanese Barberry Flowers
  Redleaf Japanese Barberry Flowers January 20, 2011 2683
Redleaf Japanese Barberry Flowers
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rainwoman
rainwoman
small shinny suculant with leafy flowers with redish trim
  small shinny suculant with leafy flowers with redish trim December 20, 2010 2043
small shinny suculant with leafy flowers with redish trim
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donnaktre
donnaktre
Blue flowers in clusters
  Blue flowers in clusters September 07, 2010 2831
Eyecatching bush covered in blue blooms. Clusters of flowers and interesting leaf Blue flowers in clusters
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candy-striped leafhopper
  candy-striped leafhopper September 06, 2010 1780
They dine on plant sap using special mouth parts. They're a little like vampires, but not as scary. They are, however, considered to be a vector species, along with some others in the genera. They harbor a pathogen known as Xylella fastidiosa, which is the cause of many leaf scorch diseases endemic to the Americas including California, Texas and Brazil.
According to the online article Permacult
candy-striped leafhopper
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Biocentric333
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candy-striped leafhopper
  candy-striped leafhopper September 06, 2010 1869
They dine on plant sap using special mouth parts. They're a little like vampires, but not as scary. They are, however, considered to be a vector species, along with some others in the genera. They harbor a pathogen known as Xylella fastidiosa, which is the cause of many leaf scorch diseases endemic to the Americas including California, Texas and Brazil.
According to the online article Permacult
candy-striped leafhopper
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Biocentric333
Biocentric333
unidentified leafhopper
  unidentified leafhopper September 06, 2010 1093
unidentified leafhopper
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Yarrow
  Yarrow August 05, 2010 3923
The purple portion of the root from the white yarrow plant is a natural numbing agent when crushed. Native Americans would often chew this portion of the plant if they had painful open sores in their mouth.

In Roman times it was called herba militaris and much valued for treating wounds.

Medicinal Uses: Yarrow is a very valuable medicinal herb, with much scientific evidence of use in
Yarrow
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Sorghum
  Sorghum August 04, 2010 7002
Commonly known as sorgo, sweet sorghum was introduced into North America from China in 1850, although its ancestry traces back to Egypt

Sorghum bicolor is an important crop providing food and fodder in the semi-arid tropics of the world. It is a staple food for more than 500 million people in more than 30 countries, although maize has to some extent replaced its use in southern Africa.. It
Sorghum
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Herbal Anti-virals
  Herbal Anti-virals July 28, 2010 4247
Anti-virals, like antibiotics, are intended to attack one class of infectious diseases, the viruses. And like antibiotics…. with less and less of the prescription ones seeming to work well.

Cat’s Claw (Uncaria Tomentosa ) - Although virtually unheard of in the United States until recently, the beneficial effects of the Peruvian herb Uncaria tomentosa have been studied at research facilities
Herbal Anti-virals
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Marigold
  Marigold July 18, 2010 4176
Medicinal Uses: The whole herb is anthelmintic, aromatic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, sedative, and stomachic. It is used internally in the treatment of indigestion, colic, severe constipation, coughs, and dysentery. Externally, it is used to treat sores, ulcers, and eczema. Used to treat sore eyes and rheumatism. The leaves are harvested as required for immediate use during the growing seas Marigold
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Persimmon
  Persimmon July 18, 2010 3241
Used as food and medicine by many Native American tribes. The persimmon native to North America is the diaspyros virginiana that the Algonquin Indians called "putchamin, pasiminan, or pessamin," depending on the dialect of the tribe.

Medicinal Uses: A decoction of the boiled fruit was used to treat bloody stools. (This probably refers to the unripe fruit, which is very astringent)
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Garden Strawberry
  Garden Strawberry July 18, 2010 3537
The garden strawberry was first bred in Brittany, France, in 1740 via a cross of Fragaria virginiana from eastern North America , which was noted for its flavor, and Fragaria chiloensis from Chile and Argentina brought by Amédée-François Frézier, which was noted for its large size

1629 is the date assigned to the introduction of the Scarlet Strawberry from Virgin
Garden Strawberry
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Cumin
  Cumin July 16, 2010 3800
Egyptians were growing it in 3000 BC. It is mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments (Isaiah 27. 25 and 27, and Matthew 23.23).

The Romans and Greeks used Cumin as a medicine and as a cosmetic (on the skin, it can make your skin pale). The Romans also used it for cooking, and introduced Cumin to Britain and Europe where it remained popular until the Middle Ages. The Roman food writer, A
Cumin
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Kitchen Medicine - Part 3
  Kitchen Medicine - Part 3 July 15, 2010 1787
Vegetables

Artichoke (Cynara scolymus) – Artichokes have diuretic properties, while increasing blood circulation, regenerating liver tissue and stimulating the gall bladder. Artichoke is said to reduce blood lipids, serum cholesterol, and blood sugar

Asapragus (Asparagus officinalis) – Asparagus has diuretic properties, and as such used to treat urinary tract infections, and kidney a
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Sweet Basil
  Sweet Basil July 15, 2010 2921
Medicinal Uses: Basil has been occasionally used for mild nervous disorders and for the alleviation of wandering rheumatic pains- the dried leaves, in the form of snuff, are said to be a cure for nervous headaches.

An infusion of the green herb in boiling water is good for all obstructions of the internal organs, arrests vomiting, and allays nausea.

The seeds have been reckoned effic
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Broccoli
  Broccoli July 15, 2010 2686
It has been popular in Italy since the days of the Roman Empire. However, records indicate this vegetable was unknown in England until a relatively recent few hundred years ago. It has become popular in the United States only since last century. Broccoli has been grown for more than two thousand years. During the 16th century, Broccoli was grown in Italy and France. It began to be commercially gro Broccoli
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Cashew
  Cashew July 14, 2010 2702
It was brought to India and East Africa during the 1400s by Portuguese missionaries.

Medicinal Uses: The cashew nutshell liquid (CNSL), a by-product of processing cashew, is mostly composed of anacardic acids. These acids have been used effectively in vivo against tooth abcesses due to their lethality to gram positive bacteria. They are also active against a wide range of other gram-positiv
Cashew
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English Walnut
  English Walnut July 14, 2010 2466
The walnut was introduced into western and northern Europe very early, by Roman times or earlier, and to the Americas by the 17th century, by English colonists. Important nut-growing regions include France, Serbia, Greece, Bulgaria, and Romania in Europe, China in Asia, California in North America, and Chile in South America. Lately the crop has spread to another regions: New Zealand and southeast English Walnut
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Yerba maté
  Yerba maté July 12, 2010 2011
Name meaning: The word mate is Spanish for "gourd," and refers to the small gourd cup in which the tea beverage traditionally is served throughout South America.

The word hierba is Spanish for grass or herb; yerba is a variant spelling of it which is quite common in Argentina. Mate is from the Quechua mati, meaning "cup". "Yerba maté" is therefore litera
Yerba maté
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Bellflower
  Bellflower July 09, 2010 2862
Cultivation: These plants should be planted in fertile, moist, but well-drained soil in a sunny or partially shaded position, 12 to 18 inches apart. The young leaves of C. persicifolia 'Telham Beauty' is susceptible to attack by slugs. C. Glomerata 'Superba' should be divided and replanted often to keep it growing actively. Some of these plants may need to be supported with stakes or some other de Bellflower
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Croton
  Croton July 09, 2010 3105
Cultivation: Crotons develop their best leaf colors when planted in shifting sun. Plants placed in shade or semi-shade tends to develop a large amount of green color. Soil should be enriched with compost, muck, or peat moss, and the plants fertilized regularly with a general purpose fertilizer, preferable one that has an high acidic rating, such as an azalea fertilizer. Also, up until September, u Croton
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Leaves
  Leaves July 06, 2010 23082
Leaves are the above ground organ specialized for photosynthesis. Leaves are made to catch light and have openings to allow water and air to come and go. The outer surface of the leaf has a waxy coating called a cuticle, which protects the leaf. Veins carry water and nutrients within the leaf.

Leaves have different shapes, edges, venation, etc that will help to identify the plant.

Ar
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Terminology Related to Leaves
  Terminology Related to Leaves July 06, 2010 1799
Shape:

In botany, leaf shape is characterized with the following terms (botanical Latin terms in brackets):

Acicular (acicularis): Slender and pointed, needle-like

Acuminate (acuminata): Tapering to a long point

Aristate (aristata): Ending in a stiff, bristle-like point

Bipinnate (bipinnata): Each leaflet also pinnate

Compound: The combination of one leafl
Terminology Related to Leaves
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Split Leaf Philodenron
  Split Leaf Philodenron July 06, 2010 3560
Windowleaf was formerly grown in greenhouses in England for the edible fruits, called cerimans or monsteras, and is still cultivated for that purpose (outdoors) in parts of Central America, Australia, California and South Florida. Plants need especially ideal conditions, consisting of high humidity, constantly warm temperatures and bright, indirect light, before they will produce fruit. Plants cul Split Leaf Philodenron
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Angel’s Trumpet
  Angel’s Trumpet July 06, 2010 5731
It has been used as an admixture plant in ayahuasca brews as well as in poisons and medicines in S. America

Brugmansia suaveolens is widely used amongst the Ingano and Siona Indians of the warmer Amazon lowlands. It is used as a medicine and a narcotic. Plants containing atropine and scopolamine have also been used for centuries in other parts of the world and the alkaloids themselves have
Angel’s Trumpet
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Oxalis
  Oxalis July 03, 2010 4948
Food Uses: Its leaves, flowers, and roots are edible, but beware that consumption of its leaves in large quantities is detrimental as they contain oxalic acid.

Leaves - raw or cooked. A pleasant acid flavor. Use in moderation, see notes at top of sheet, Flowers - raw. A pleasant and decorative addition to the salad bowl. Most children really adore eating the flowers raw. Root - raw or cooke
Oxalis
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Trout Lily
  Trout Lily July 03, 2010 4304
Medicinal Uses: Trout Lily is used in alternative medicine as contraceptive, diuretic, emetic, emollient, febrifuge, stimulant. The leaves and bulb are crushed and used to dress wounds and reduce swellings, for scrofula and other skin problems. A medicinal tea made from the root and leaf is said to reduce fever and fainting, tea also taken for ulcers, tumors and swollen glands

The plant was
Trout Lily
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Comfrey
  Comfrey July 03, 2010 2922
Comfrey has long been known in Britain as a medicinal herb, its common name was ‘knitbone’. Supposed to assist in healing broken bones and skin complaints, many still use products from it for those purposes.

In the nineteenth century a Quaker smallholder, Henry Doubleday, became intrigued by the possibilities of Russian Comfrey as a useful crop. Leap forward to 1954 and Lawrence D Hills too
Comfrey
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White Mexican Rose
  White Mexican Rose July 01, 2010 3469
Cultivation: This succulent is drought tolerant, but does best with an occasional watering in a well drained soil. Plant in full sun (coastal) to light shade and hardy to 20-25 degrees F

Requires good ventilation and reduced watering in the winter. Be careful not to over-water or get any water on its' leaves. Put a layer of small gravel at the bottom of the pot and also one inch on the top
White Mexican Rose
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Leaf Miner Larvae
  Leaf Miner Larvae June 30, 2010 8983
Leaf Miner Larvae
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Coral Root Orchid
  Coral Root Orchid June 30, 2010 5200
Most species are leafless, relying entirely upon symbiotic fungi within their coral-shaped roots for sustenance. Because of this dependence on myco-heterotrophy within their mycorrhizae, they cannot be successfully cultivated.
Most species do not produce chlorophyll, and do not depend on photosynthesis for energy. An exception is the yellowish green species Corallorhiza trifida, which has some
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Small-flowered Miterwort
  Small-flowered Miterwort June 30, 2010 2088


Species in this Genus
* Mitella breweri - Brewer's miterwort

* Mitella caulescens - slightstemmed miterwort

* Mitella diphylla - twoleaf miterwort

* Mitella diversifolia - angleleaf miterwort

* Mitella nuda - naked miterwort

* Mitella ovalis - coastal miterwort

* Mitella pentandra - fivestamen miterwort

* M
Small-flowered Miterwort
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Aloe
  Aloe June 29, 2010 2184
Man has used aloe for over 5000 years. Egyptians first wrote of the healing powers of the plant on their ancient papyrus texts calling it the plant of immortality. Cleopatra and Nefertiti bathed in aloe juice to retain their youth and beautiful looks. Aloe is mentioned several times in the Bible. It was used in the burial of Jesus. History and legend tells that Aristotle convinced Alexander the Gr Aloe
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Skeleton-leaf Goldeneye
  Skeleton-leaf Goldeneye June 26, 2010 3531
Medicinal Uses: The Navajo and Ramah peoples have specified a related species (Heliomaris longiflolia) as a ‘life medicine’

Food Uses: Seed. The Gosiute Indians formerly used the seeds for food

Cultivation: Plant it in lean, very well drained, alkaline soil in full to part shade although it does best here in full sun. In areas with clay soil, consider placing this shrub in a raised b
Skeleton-leaf Goldeneye
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Northern Bahia
  Northern Bahia June 26, 2010 1759
Northern Bahia was first described for science in 1818 by the eminent English botanist-naturalist Thomas Nuttall (1786-1859). He visited the Mandan villages along the Missouri River in 1810-1811.

The generic name Picradeniopsis means "looks like Picradenia" (another plant in the family) and is derived from the Greek picros "sharp," and adenia, "gland," likely i
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A full time mom/student trying to succeed at gardening
  A full time mom/student trying to succeed at gardening June 21, 2010 1286
Well, summer is here, and so are the bugs! I realize that the following statement is going to sound so crazy coming from a person who loves to garden, but I'm going to say it anyway and hopefully someone can relate! I HATE BUGS!!!! Not just because they eat my plants, or infest them with disease, but because they are so disgusting it makes me cringe! It is this that has caused me to be mostly a A full time mom/student trying to succeed at gardening
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Lace-Cap Hydrangea
  Lace-Cap Hydrangea June 21, 2010 6984
Medicinal Uses: The leaves, roots and flowers are antimalarial, antitussive and diuretic. They are said to be a more potent antimalarial than quinine, due to the presence of an alkaloid
Diuretic, cathartic, tonic. The decoction is said to have been used with great advantage by the Cherokee Indians, and later, by the settlers, for calculous diseases. It does not cure stone in the bladder, but, a
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Flame of the Forest
  Flame of the Forest June 21, 2010 3211
Medicinal Uses: Bark has medicinal properties. The traditional healers use the leaves of Peltophorum in form of decoction, to wash the unhealthy skin. It is commonly used in treatment of skin troubles. The healers use its fresh leaves also for this purpose. It is frequently used in treatment of ringworm. The traditional healers use this herb as major ingredient in popular herbal combinations used Flame of the Forest
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Indian Hawthorn
  Indian Hawthorn June 20, 2010 3611
Food Uses: The fruit is edible when cooked, and can be used to make jam

Other Notes: Dark blue, turquoise, and purple dyes are obtained from the fruit

Cultivation: Must have well drained soil whether in sun or part shade. Avoid overhead irrigation, especially at night. Leaf spot, scale, and fire blight may be problematic, but usually Indian hawthorns are quite rugged given proper con
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Earth Star
  Earth Star June 20, 2010 4953
Cultivation: Cryptanthus bivittatus grows easily with minimum care. Given the right conditions, it will reward you handsomely with its stunning variegated foliage in fabulous colors. Bright light indoors or full sun outdoors for best foliage color. However, extreme sunlight that causes bleaching or sunburn should be avoided and a filtered sunny location is much preferred. It tolerates low to mediu Earth Star
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Blue Toadflax
  Blue Toadflax June 20, 2010 2753
In Ohio this plant is listed as Endangered

Medicinal Uses: The leaves are antihemorrhoidal, diuretic, and laxative. They are applied externally in the treatment of hemorrhoids

Cultivation: very drought resistant plant once established, it thrives in a poor gravelly soil. Nitrogen-rich soils produce excessive leaf growth at the expense of flowering Prefers a sunny position

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Spotted Jewelweed
  Spotted Jewelweed June 20, 2010 3198
The Jewelweed plant has been used for centuries in North America by Native Americans and Herbalists, as a natural preventative and treatment for poison ivy and poison oak; and is a folk remedy for many other skin disorders.

Jewelweed has long been recognized as an herbal remedy for the treatment of topical irritation. The juice (sap) of the jewelweed has been used by Native Americans, part
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Joe-Pye Weed
  Joe-Pye Weed June 20, 2010 3095
Queen of the Meadow (Eupatorium purpureum), also called Gravel root, Kidney root, Purple boneset and Joe Pye Weed after the Native American herbalist Joe Pye, has an apple scent. Infuse the dried root and flowers for a diuretic tea to relieve kidney and urinary problems. The tea is also used to induce sweating and break a high fever. Also useful for rheumatism, gravel (gallstones), and dropsy (flu Joe-Pye Weed
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Kalanchoe
  Kalanchoe June 20, 2010 7420
Medicinal Uses: In the Bahamas it is mostly used for asthma and shortness of breath. Bush doctors crush the leaves of a cultivated ornamental plant, the kalanchoe, and soak them in water overnight.

The next morning the "kalanchoe tea" can be drunk to treat heartburn, or applied as an antibacterial to bruises or skin sores. Mashed and ground fresh leaves are also used as a poultice
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Waterleaf
  Waterleaf June 19, 2010 1661
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Thin Leaf Rose Tree?
  Thin Leaf Rose Tree? June 19, 2010 2305
Thin Leaf Rose Tree?
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Passion Flower
  Passion Flower June 19, 2010 3020
Passionflower has been used by Native Americans for centuries, the Cherokee valued it for its healing properties and as food, using the herb for religious ceremonies. The fruit, flowers and leaves were fermented to make a social drink. Delicious edible it is high in niacin and flavonoids, the fruit and flowers can be eaten raw or cooked in jellies, jams, young leaves are used as a cooked vegetable Passion Flower
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Pachysandra
  Pachysandra June 19, 2010 1488
This Green Carpet is deservedly one of the most widely used ground covers. It is handsome and foolproof, thriving even in the dense shade of evergreens! Try it along shady walks, in enclosed courtyards, and on steep terraces in either partial sun or shade.

Food Uses: Fruit - raw or cooked. Sweet and juicy. The fruit is not usually produced in cultivation - this could be because both male an
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Top Vines - Perennial Climbing Vines
  Top Vines - Perennial Climbing Vines June 18, 2010 18328
Perennial Climbing Vines
Balloon Vine (Cardiospermum halicacabum) - Also called love-in-a-puff; full sun; average garden soil; up to 10 feet; tendrils; tiny white flowers followed by balloon-like seedpods; seeds have a white, heart-shaped mark; three-part leaves (Perennial)
Bamboo Vine (Smilax Pseudochina) – Perennial, native vine has inconspicuous green flowers, followed by black berries in
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Top Vines - Annual Climbing Vines
  Top Vines - Annual Climbing Vines June 18, 2010 10054
Annual Climbing Vines
Cardinal Vine, Climber (Ipomoea sloteri) - Full sun; porous, fertile to sandy soil; up to 10 feet; small, bright red flowers attract hummingbirds; fern-like leaves Another fast-growing climber, cardinal vine produces colorful blooms in shades of red, pink, or white. It also has handsome feathery foliage. Like its relative, the morning glory, its flowers close in the aftern
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Summer Snowflake
  Summer Snowflake June 17, 2010 3120
The violet scented spring snowflake is dedicated to St.

Agnes, the patron saint of young virgins due to its loveliness and purity, and is often

referred to as St. Agnes's flower.

John Parkinson, the great seventeenth-century English botanist, listed the snowflake in A

Garden of Pleasant Flowers in 1629 as the "great bulbous violet". Early American nurseryman J
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Annual wall-rocket
  Annual wall-rocket June 16, 2010 3375
a plant widely cultivated as a leaf vegetable, a root vegetable, and an oilseed. Annual wall-rocket
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California Poppy
  California Poppy June 15, 2010 5019
The US Formulary of 1918 says of this botanical; “Attention has been brought to this California member of the Papaveraceae, as a powerful- herb for calming and supporting sleep" Native American tribes from different parts of California used this plant for many medicinal purposes especially as a calming agent. The Pomo tribes from areas north of what is now Sacramento reportedly used the crush California Poppy
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Cardinal Flower
  Cardinal Flower June 15, 2010 2880
Native Americans used this and other Lobelias to treat worms, stomach problems and syphilis. Its use for the latter by the Cherokee and Iroquois Indians prompted testing in England in the 1770s but the results were negative
Medicinal Uses: North American indigenous peoples used root tea for a number of intestinal ailments and syphilis. Leaf teas were used by them for bronchial problems and cold
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Angel Face
  Angel Face June 15, 2010 4334
Before the late 1990's few people had ever grown Angelonia. Now it is a staple bedding plant all across America
Cultivation: Full sun location. Angelonia should have regular watering for best performance, but established plantings are moderately drought tolerant. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings. USDA Zones 9 - 11. Angelonia is a perennial in zones 9-11. Elsewhere it is grown as an a
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Hearts Ease
  Hearts Ease June 15, 2010 2946
The Pansy is one of the oldest favorites in the English garden and the affection for it is shown in the many names that were given it. The Anglo-Saxon name was Banwort or Bonewort.

It was formerly official in the United States Pharmacopoeia, and is still employed in America in the form of an ointment and poultice in eczema and other skin troubles, and internally for bronchitis

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Horsetail
  Horsetail June 15, 2010 2181
Externally, both the American Indians and the Chinese use horsetail to stop bleeding and accelerate the healing of wounds and broken bones. The effectiveness of horsetail in external applications is related to the solubility of silica in the fluids of wounds or in the poultice materials, and its absorption directly into blood and cells at the site of the wound.

Internally, horsetail is ofte
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