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HB1102: How you can take action

General Assembly to Consider House Bill 1102: Celebrating Maryland Native Plants and Pollinators License Plate HB1102: Celebrating Maryland Native Plants and Pollinators License Plate is currently under consideration by the Maryland General Assembly. If passed, this legislation would create a...

Care of Amaryllis (a.k.a Hippeastrum) Plants

This beautiful plant is an all time favorite holiday se ason plant that can be encouraged to bloom at other times of the year too. The bloom is a spectacular flower six inches across with two to four blossoms produced on tall sturdy stems. Each flower can last two weeks, sometimes longer. Bloom...

Common Lespedeza or Japanese Clover

Common Lespedeza or Japanese clover ( Lespedeza striata ) Photo: Rebekah D. Wallace, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org (More lawn weeds) (Control Options) ( General Weed Gallery) General Description: Common lespedeza, also known as Japanese clover, ( Kummerowia striata , syn. Lespedeza striata )...

Paulownia (Empress or Princess Tree)*

Paulownia tomentosa Photo by James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org Life Cycle: deciduous tree Growth habit: small to medium tree that reaches a height of 30-60 ft. Produces clusters of light purple, fragrant flowers in the spring. Paulownia is a highly competitive, invasive* ornamental...

Mile a Minute Vine*

Mile a Minute Vine* or Devil's tear thumb Polygonum perfoliata Life Cycle: Summer annual herbaceous vine that can climb over vegetation, smothering plants forming dense mats; invasive Growth habit: Thrives in full sun but can tolerate shade. Shallow fibrous root system. Leaves are light-green,...

Care of Phalaenopsis orchids (moth orchid)

Phalaenopsis (Phals), also known as moth orchids have probably increased the allure of orchid culture for the general public more than any other orchid genus. They are mass produced and are reasonably priced. Phals are readily available in big box stores and the many hybrids are very easy to grow...

Best Practices - Soils

for healthy soil Soil is not “dirt.” It is a precious natural resource that is too often neglected and mismanaged. These are some best practices for managing soil in gardens and landscapes: Perform a soil test before starting a major project like a vegetable garden or lawn renovation. Maintain soil...

Yarrow

Photo: Yarrow (Archillea millefolium) foliage (More lawn weeds) (Control Options) ( General Weed Gallery) General description: Yarrow is a perennial broadleaf weed. Yarrow adapts to droughty soils that are not fertilized. The foliage is feathery, soft and hairy. Reproduction: spreads by seed and...

Red Sorrel (Sheep sorrel)

Photo: Red Sorrel, Rumex acetosella (More lawn weeds) (Control Options) ( General Weed Gallery) General description: Sorrel, also called sheep sorrel is a perennial broadleaf weed. The leaves are 1-3 inches long and arrow-shaped. Growth habit: Young plants form a rosette of foliage near the ground...

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