Aphids on Landscape Plants

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This time of year aphids start popping up on almost everything. Some aphids are

Aphids on an iris flower. Photo: SD Frank

Aphids on an iris flower. Photo: SD Frank

specialized to feed on one or two hosts. Others like green peach aphids or cotton aphids feed on hundreds of plants. Some plants I have seen with aphids this week include roses, irises, crape myrtles, tulip poplar. Really though most perennials, herbs, vegetables, and shrubs could host some species of aphids. IN home landscapes aphids are usually not a damaging pest and can be removed with a stream of water from a hose or, worst case, some insecticidal soap. In nurseries and professionally managed landscapes aphids can become damaging pests. For these you can find recommendations in the new & free Southeastern Pest Control Guide for Nursery and Landscape Plants.