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Annuals and Perennials > Bleeding Heart

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green arrowSummer dormancy

  • First leaves yellow then entire stem turns yellow
  • Stems yellow, fall over and die one by one until nothing remains above
  • Common in plants grown in sunny, hot areas
  • Occurs mid to late summer
  • Plants grow back the following spring without a problem
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  • virus 1
    Credit: B. Lockhart
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green arrowVirus
Tobacco rattle virus and other viruses

  • Wavy yellow to light green patterns on leaves
  • Lab test required to distinguish between virus and to verify infection
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  • frost damage 1
    Credit: Michelle Grabowski
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green arrowFreezing injury

  • Newly emerged tips turn tan, soft and mushy
  • Symptoms show up over night
  • Occurs early spring with a late frost
  • After cold period, new growth is healthy and normal looking
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  • Herbicide 3
    Credit: Michelle Grabowski
  • Herbicide 1

    Credit: Michelle Grabowski

  • Herbicide 2

    Credit: Michelle Grabowski

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green arrowHerbicide Damage
Phenoxy herbicide ex. 2,4D

  • Leaves are twisted, cupped, or distorted
  • Leaves may appear thick and leathery
  • Veins in leaves are thick and close together
  • Side of the plant closest to the herbicide application is most severely affected
  • In severe cases the entire plant may be affected

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