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Q.Is There Something Wrong With My Centaurea Montana

Zone EX31 3HW | Anonymous added on May 29, 2021 | Answered

The buds although flowering seem to struggle as they have to come through a cobwebby furry substance as they emerge, I don’t remember it looking like this last year, but maybe I just didn’t notice, so please could you tell me is it meant to look like this and if not should I dig up the infected plant and hope that the many seedlings around it are ok?

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Answered on June 5, 2021

There may be a caterpillar feeding inside the webbing. Pull back the webbing and see if there is anything inside.

I would cut the buds off below the webbing and that should remove the pests.

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