Purple fungus on sage seedlings

nsomniak6(z5 or 6 CT)May 18, 2009

SO this the first time I have ever tried planting plants in the ground and i have a small area esp for herbs. I threw some sage seeds in an area and although there are definitely some sage growing, there is also another seedling growing only in the area I put the sage in. If that wasn't odd enough, the "other" seedlings started developing a purple fungus looking thing on them. It looks a little like how mold looks on bread but a deep bright purple. I have pulled all that I can find but it keeps coming back and spreading to the sage also. Does anyone have any idea what this sounds like?



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ksrogers(EasternMass Z6)

Need a close up color photo!

    Bookmark   May 18, 2009 at 6:07PM
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nsomniak6(z5 or 6 CT)

Here's the pic: From Online Edits

    Bookmark   May 19, 2009 at 3:32PM
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This is one of the plants commonly known as pigweed. This is a common coloration of that plant and not a fungus so would not be spreading to sage. What kind of sage did you plant? Some do have a purple coloration.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2009 at 11:53PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

The sage may take longer to sprout than the weed seeds already in to soil. I've direct sown sage with good results. Just have some patience.

The plant in your picture, I've always called it "Lamb's Quarters." Others may call it "pigweed." That's the thing with common names, there are a lot of different ones for the same plant. It is a common weed as maifleur notes. Its botanical name is Chenopodium album.


Here is a link that might be useful: Lamb's Quarters

    Bookmark   May 20, 2009 at 8:43AM
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