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Iris > Damaged rhizomes

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Iris Borer

  • Damaged rhizomes occur mid summer through fall
  • Water-soaked looking streaks in leaves may be noticed in spring
  • Yellow or brown streaks especially near the base of the leaf mid to late summer
  • Ragged brown leaf tissue at the base of the leaf, may look tattered or have sawdust like frass
  • Pinkish or whitish larva with a dark colored head, up to 1 1/2 to 2 inches long inside rhizome
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Bacterial Soft Rot
Erwinia carotovora

  • Leaves turn brown from the tip down with a yellow border between green and brown leaf tissue
  • Browning leaves may wilt and fall over
  • Rhizome is soft when pressed on and may smell bad
  • Inside of the rhizome is soft, mushy and smells bad
  • Common in heavy wet soils, and in rhizomes damaged by borer

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