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Recently Answered Questions

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    My Rosa virginiana and my strawberries, which are next to each other, all look like this? Could this be a gypsy moth infestation? What could be wrong and how can I fix it?
    Dear natalieillsley, I wish I could help you, but plant pathogens is not a topic I have a deep understanding of. You might want to contact the horticulture department at Garden in the Woods and see if they can assist you. You might try Mark Richardson (mrichardson[at] to see if he recognizes the pathogen you are dealing with. Good luck. (Monday, 18 June 2018)
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    hi, I found this plane near the Nh coast, there was a small patch of them. The stem is smooth and the entire plant was white. Can you help me to id ? Thanks
    Dear lisahu, I'm sorry I can't help you with this one. It clearly has some pathogen that is causing it to lose its usual color. If you can tell me if it was a woody plant or herbaceous plant, I might get a little further. Best wwishes. (Monday, 18 June 2018)
  • Question
    This plant started appearing in May and is still happily growing in my backyard in Westford, MA. It has fringed leaves and dainty purple flowers. It sends out creepers and roots those. What is it?
    Dear twexler, nice images, thank you for including more than one. This plant is Glechoma hederacea (Gill-over-the-ground), a non-native mint of open habitats, such as lawns and fields. It has beautiful flowers (as you have captured in the image). (Monday, 18 June 2018)

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