Pampas Grass – Plumes with Disease

burning spring

Q: My pampas has a fungal look on it that is keeping the plumes from opening up. I have had the same problem for a couple of years. I have drenched it with fungicide early in the growing season and with systemic fungicides in the spring.

As you can see in the pictures I have one directly across the driveway that is and always has been beautiful. K.H.,Walton County

A: Wow – I’ve never seen anything like this before!

Is there any chance that bugs are chewing off the seedhead/plume first (not a disease)?

I’d really like you to take this to the Walton Extension office (1-800-ASKUGA1) and have them examine it and send to a pathologist.

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