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Please note there is not a “Go” button. Just press “Enter” on your keyboard to initiate your search.

     
GardeningHelp
   
  This search uses Google for a full text search of our site, GardeningHelp.org. It is not the quickest way to locate specific plants, such as maples (Acer) or complete articles on topics such as vegetables, perennials, herbs, weeds, insects, etc., but it can be very useful for finding information located within the text of a web page.
     
Gardening / Pests
   
  This is the quickest way to search article titles for words in the titles of HortLine, Kemper Factsheets, IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Pages, Pesticide names, and Slideshows. In addition, it looks for the word or string of characters in the subject line of the Questions and Answers section. In this search box less is more! Use just a few characters to search on. For example, enter “veg” or “veget” to search for all article titles that may apply to vegetables. In most cases, you need only type in 3-5 characters. Do not use plurals – use “rose” not “roses” or “lil” not “lily” or “lilies” so as not to exclude relevant articles. If you don’t find anything relevant using this search, try the “GardeningHelp” search which will search our complete website in Google-fashion. There is also a link on the results page that allows you to check pest images for the same keyword.
     

PlantFinder

   
  This searches the scientific, common and synonym names of all the plants in the “PlantFinder”. Again, less is more. Usually only 3-5 characters will get you a short list of possible matches. You can also enter all or part of a genus name, e.g., “Acer”, a species name, e.g, “rubra” or “rubr”, a cultivar name, e.g. “doll”, or a Kemper Code number, e.g. “A100”. This is the quickest way to locate all plants of a particular genus we have in the PlantFinder or a plant that may be attributed to a different species, e.g. a search for Cimicifuga simplex ‘White Pearl’ using “Cimicifuga” shows that it is now in the genus Actaea. Also, a search on just “Pearl” would be a very good way to find the plant you want. Be careful of compound words. For example, a search on “goldflame” would not find “Gold Flame”. It would be best to just search on “gold” or “flame”. Searches are not case sensitive. There is also a link on the page that allow you to search garden images using the same keyword.
     

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