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Black Eyed Susan (Rudbekia) > Spots on leaves

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Powdery Mildew
Erysiphe cichoracearum

  • Powdery, fluffy white spots and blothces on leaves, stems, and flower parts
  • Tiny black round spheres may be visible within white spots late in the season
  • Spots typically start on lower leaves but can spread to cover the entire plant
  • Severely infected leaves may be completely covered in white or grayish white fungi
  • In some cases, leaves become curled or twisted or turn yellow due to the infection
  • More information on Powdery Mildew...
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Septoria Leaf Spot
Septoria rudbekiae

  • Irregular purplish black leaf spots, often with one side flat along a leaf vein
  • Mature leaf spots often have gray center
  • Leaf spots typically start on the lower leaves but can spread to the entire plant
  • Leaves with many appear completely black, dried up and tattered
  • In severe infections all of the leaves of the plant will appear black
  • More information on Septoria Leaf Spot...
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Southern Blight
Sclerotium rolfsii

  • Leaves turn yellow then brown from the edges inward and wilt
  • The base of the stem may be brown or discolored
  • Often seen after warm wet weather
  • Tiny tan to reddish brown hard spheres and white cottony growth can be seen at the base of infected leaves or in the soil around infected plants
  • More information on Southern Blight...

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