Bugs - Knowledgebase Question

Grand Island, NY (Zone 5A)
Question by islandbabe21
June 15, 2007
I bought a VIVA! Perennial Harvest Moon Coneflower. The plant seems to be doing fine except it looks like something is eating it. There are holes in the leaves. Can you please tell me what to do. I don't want the plant to die! Thank you, Debbie Longo

Answer from NGA
June 15, 2007


Coneflowers are generally pest free, so it is difficult to guess what might be eating the leaves. A slug or snail might eat holes in the foliage, check carefully for those. Slugs are active at night but leave a tell tale silvery trail behind. These can be hand picked or treated with a bait containing iron phosphate as the active ingredient (such as Sluggo). I hope this helps.

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