Hostas forum: Flower is missing

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Name: Beth
Northern Virginia (Zone 7a)
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bcheckov
Jun 18, 2016 4:05 PM CST
I planted a large leaf hosta this spring and it was blooming. The flower head was tall, huge and just starting to open. Today it is completely gone!! What could have eaten it?




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Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
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profesora
Jun 18, 2016 5:18 PM CST
Rabbit, deer, groundhog.
Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
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ssgardener
Jun 19, 2016 6:57 AM CST
Gerry, I fortunately don't have any of the three critters you mentioned, but I'm curious... do groundhogs eat flowers?

My guess would be deer, only because of the height of the bite mark, but do deer ever eat hosta blooms while leaving the leaves alone?
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Jun 19, 2016 2:47 PM CST
Yes groundhogs eat Hosta flowers. They love them. It could be any of the above suggested. What happens sometime is they start to eat and get scared away before they get to browse.

When you see a plant eaten they will be back because they know there is a lot of good stuff left. They have just started shopping they will be back to pick up the groceries.
Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
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ssgardener
Jun 19, 2016 2:52 PM CST
Cinta, that's good to know!

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