The Q&A Archives: lambs ear destroyers

Question: There is a bug, or caterpillar devouring and destroying my lush clumps of lambs ear. It leaves behing holes in the leaves and nest like debris at the base of the plants, along with with look like eggs on the underside of the leaves. What can I use to save the plants and kill the beast? Thanks.

Answer: Stachys byzantina, or Lamb's Ears, are rarely bother by insect pests because of their hairy leaves. Slugs and snails can sometimes attack the plants but they generally hide rather than nest in the plants and they lay their clutches of eggs in the soil, not on the undersides of the leaves. I'm really stumped on this one! How about digging up one of the affected plants and taking it to your local cooperative extension office for diagnosis? Helpful folks there can determine just who or what is causing the symptoms. Contact Sumter County Extension, 7620 State Road 471, Suite 2 Bushnell, FL 33513-8716, Phone: (352) 793-2728.

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