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Purple fungus on sage seedlings

Posted by nsomniak6 z5 or 6 CT (My Page) on
Mon, May 18, 09 at 17:36

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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RE: Purple fungus on sage seedlings

Need a close up color photo!

RE: Purple fungus on sage seedlings

Here's the pic:

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RE: Purple fungus on sage seedlings

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.

RE: Purple fungus on sage seedlings

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

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