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Name: Bev
Troy, OH (Zone 6a)
Granny_Bev
Jun 16, 2021 8:21 AM CST
This is my first post and I am truly perplexed and upset. I have a 1st year Cheyenne Spirit coneflower plant that has looks like someone ripped two heads off! The 1st photo was taken just last evening to send to my daughter. This morning at 9:30 I find what you see in the deflowered photo! We live in town but recent home building in nearby country fields has brought all the critters here. I grew up in the country and see more skunks, raccoons, and possums here than ever before! Also, I live in zone 6a. What could have caused this? I had a couple coneflowers years ago and never saw anything like this. I've seen no bugs but, of course, I realize they can hide and come out at night. Help!!!
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Henderman
Jun 16, 2021 8:27 AM CST
Are there deer in your area?
Name: Bev
Troy, OH (Zone 6a)
Granny_Bev
Jun 16, 2021 8:50 AM CST
There used to be deer a mile or two away in the area they're building but we've never seen them in town or heard of anyone else seeing any.
Name: Big Bill
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BigBill
Jun 16, 2021 9:13 AM CST
Sorry for your loss Granny!
But just because you do not see deer does not mean that they are not around.
I have them, and I saw them once in 4 years. Yet they leave me reminders all the time!! Generally they leave my coneflowers alone.
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Name: Bev
Troy, OH (Zone 6a)
Granny_Bev
Jun 16, 2021 9:52 AM CST
I will definitely keep deer in mind though we've never seen any "souvenirs" of any visits. I've never noticed my basset hound picking up on anything other than rabbits, squirrels, or birds. Could rabbits be the culprits?

I also want to say how wonderful it is to be with a group of people who are so helpful, answer questions amazingly fast, and don't make you feel silly or talk down to you.
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Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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BigBill
Jun 16, 2021 10:56 AM CST
If the whole stem was bent and broken, maybe a rabbit. But how about a woodchuck/groundhog? It could stand on its hind legs and reach the flower.
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Name: Bev
Troy, OH (Zone 6a)
Granny_Bev
Jun 16, 2021 11:05 AM CST
I never thought of groundhogs being around. I used to see them all the time growing up but it never occurred to me they might be in town. We have coyotes, now that I'm really thinking about wildlife, so I'm sure we do!
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jun 16, 2021 11:06 AM CST
I have this problem with rabbits. They can reach up high by standing on their back legs. I've had many plants destroyed by the rabbits.
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Name: Luis
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luis_pr
Jun 16, 2021 12:03 PM CST
I have wabbits here too. :o(
Name: Bev
Troy, OH (Zone 6a)
Granny_Bev
Jun 16, 2021 2:01 PM CST
Those crazy rabbits! It's probably their revenge for my vegetable garden taking a nosedive.

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