The Q&A Archives: question about Columbine

Question: Some kind of pest is destroying my columbine leaves by making crazy patterns. There are no obvious

Answer: Columbine or Aquilegia is often affected by leaf miner insects. The damage is evident just as you have described, light brown to grayish wiggly lines. Although unattractive, it will not kill the plant. The recommended treatment is to trim the plant down short and remove the affected foliage (Dispose of it in the trash.) This will encourage regrowth with clean foliage. At the end of the season, after frost has killed the foliage, again trim it off short and dispose of it in the trash. This helps reduce the leafminers from year to year.

« Click to go to the homepage

» Ask a question of your own

Q&A Library Searching Tips

  • When singular and plural spellings differ, as in peony and peonies, try both.
  • Search terms are not case sensitive.

Today's site banner is by plantmanager and is called "Captivating Caladiums"