Texas Gardening forum: Weird coneflower

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Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Jun 12, 2012 6:50 PM CST
I bet no one wants one of these. Any guesses as to why?
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Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Texas Clematis Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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canadanna
Jun 12, 2012 9:37 PM CST
One of garden club members ID this as a disease called asters yellows:
Aster yellows on purple coneflower showing a distorted flower head and greenish, petaloid parts.
Aster yellows is caused by a microscopic pathogen called a phytoplasma. This is a one-celled, organism closely related to bacteria that infects a number of annuals, perennials, grasses and vegetables causing growth malformations and various color changes in plant parts. The phytoplasma is transferred from plant to plant via insects that suck the sap from infected plants - notably the aster leafhopper. Leafhopper migrate for long distances from overwintering sites in the south and continue to propagate the disease each season. Aster yellows affects over 300 hosts including some of the most common garden plants and vegetables.
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Jun 17, 2012 9:43 PM CST
I' saw something like that years ago. Must not be TOO common, otherwise it would be really everywhere.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad

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