Shasta Daisy Buds

Asked May 21, 2018, 5:28 PM EDT

I have several mature plantings of Shasta Daisy. The foliage looks perfect, however, the buds and the tiny leaves around them appear to be deformed. The buds themselves are very new and small. I know that the pictures are not the greatest but do you have any idea what this is? I hope not to lose them for a season.

Queen Anne's County Maryland flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials

1 Response

Unfortunately, we can't see enough details in your photos. One possibility might be aphids. Check for tiny insects in and around the deformed foliage. Aphids like to feed on the sap of succulent new growth. Read our webpage about them and what to look for. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/aphids-trees-and-shrubs
If you don't see any signs of aphids, it would be helpful if you could send us clearer pictures.

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