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HELP! Something is killing my butterfly bush

Posted by SkokieBill IL (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 31, 12 at 2:14

My butterfly bush has been weak all season and then turned for the worse. I tried sprays and feeding/watering suggestions, but no luck. Now I have found this odd beige/pinkish growth around the base of several stems. Any idea what this is? How do I deal with it? Any help appreciated. I've tried many searches, but I have no idea what to call it.


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RE: HELP! Something is killing my butterfly bush

Looks like a slime mold known as dog barf fungus, commonly found growing on mulch after rainy periods. While unattractive, it's harmless to plants and is not the cause of decline in your butterfly bush.

Here is a link that might be useful: dog barf fungus


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RE: HELP! Something is killing my butterfly bush

I'd imagine if you have that fungus growing, it's getting too much water. Once established, they are pretty drought tolerant and don't really care for too much water. They also don't really seem to care for fertilizers.


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