Pest Alert: Aster Yellows

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Do you have a flower that shows signs of stunting, yellowing, twisting, distortion of flowers and/or flower petals, or bushy broom-like growth? If so, your plant could be infected with Aster Yellows. This organism is a phytoplasma which is a type of bacteria.

Aster Yellows

Aster yellows bacteria inhabits the fluids inside the plant. The plant disease is spread plant to plant by a sucking insect called a leaf hopper.aster yellows

Gardeners should remove and destroy infected plants. Perennials should be scouted regularly for signs of the disease. Although fairly uncommon, the bacteria can be serious in some situations.