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May 26, 2020 4:47 PM CST
I'm puzzled. For two summers we had beautiful purple flowers. This year as the plants came up, their stems were all twisted and curvy. Almost like intertwined. Can anyone help?
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May 27, 2020 1:59 PM CST
Aster yellows is a disease that is most often spread through bugs or poor growing conditions that make plants more vulnerable. Flowers become distorted, turn green in color, exhibit stunted growth, and may even die. Infected plants should be removed and destroyed. It is caused by a cross between a bacterium and virus called a phytoplasma, and for such a tiny organism.

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May 27, 2020 2:58 PM CST
I would double check to see if this is really that disease. I'm not aware that echinaceas get it.
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May 28, 2020 2:25 AM CST
They do get it. I've had it on mine and lost most of them. Still have it on a few but I'm not messing with them much so the hardy ones live on.


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