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Beginner Gardening Questions: What is this yellow stringy stuff growing on my yarrow?

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jhinyard
Crawford, CO
(Zone 4a)

June 13, 2010
10:08 PM

Post #7886546

Several of my yarrow plants have strange yellow stringy stuff growing all over the plants. It looks like very, very thin spaghetti. What is this stuff and how do I get rid of it?
Jnette
Northeast, WA
(Zone 5a)

June 13, 2010
10:18 PM

Post #7886567

Do you have a picture? Can't imagine. I have yarrow and do not have that.
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 14, 2010
6:40 AM

Post #7887018

Could be dodder which is a parasitic plant that you'd want to get rid of...but hard to say for sure without a picture. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/adv_search.php?searcher[common]=&searcher[family]=&searcher[genus]=cuscuta&searcher[species]=&searcher[cultivar]=&searcher[hybridizer]=&searcher[grex]=&search_prefs[blank_cultivar]=&search_prefs[sort_by]=rating&images_prefs=both&Search=Search
jhinyard
Crawford, CO
(Zone 4a)

June 14, 2010
11:33 AM

Post #7887843

I think possibly ecrane3 has it nailed. I posted the question last night so couldn't include a picture. But here is the picture and it looks like dodder. What do I need to do to get rid of it?

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Jnette
Northeast, WA
(Zone 5a)

June 14, 2010
3:23 PM

Post #7888529

That is the strangest thing I have ever seen. No kidding. Weird. How DO you get rid of it?
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 14, 2010
3:34 PM

Post #7888563

Here's some info for you: http://www.coopext.colostate.edu/TRA/dodder.html
jhinyard
Crawford, CO
(Zone 4a)

June 11, 2012
2:04 PM

Post #9161018

It was dodder after all. I thought maybe I could just be very diligent in pulling it all out before it went to seed. That is impossible, so I finally dug up all the plants, sprayed the area with Round Up and waited a year. I have now replanted in that spot and it is dodder free. Thanks for the help.
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 11, 2012
8:51 PM

Post #9161525

Glad you finally got rid of it! Nasty stuff.

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