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Mystery pest killed Angel Wings

The damage is done now and the Angel Wings in question is RIP but I would love any thoughts on the mystery pest which killed it. The plant flourished in its first year growing to 10 times it's original size ❤️.

Then it died back in the autumn and I decided not to panic. By the winter it was rotting down the main trunk with the side branches unaffected. I decided it was likely rot from the weather, cut off the mushy top and moved it to better draining soil. At this point I checked the roots which were very healthy and was a little baffled it was rotting from the top down.

Today it got the kiss of death when I decided to try to remove the trunk and hope the rooted branches would survive. I found the root ball and bulb (do they have a bulb?) Still healthy but above this a soupy black and brown mush had taken over the entire trunk and was housing 3-4 white slimy worms. I can only assume it was the worms souping up the inside for dinner. Had I caught it earlier I think the base would have survived but the soup was just starting to hit the bulb which split in 2 as I investigated. New plant is the only option now.

So my question is - what the heck are the worms? Not aphids, caterpillar's or slugs which are the only pests I can find associated with angel wings. We had all of these in the summer and after removing the initial caterpillar invasion the plant flourished.


  • CH1973CH1973 Posts: 56
    edited 18 March
    Could have rotted if ground wasn't well drained. Worms might have moved into feast on already dead root system. 
  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy Posts: 5,991
    I think they are too tender to leave outside all winter.  I took mine into the greenhouse but there is still some dieback. I  think the wet and cold probably got to it.
    I'm just wondering how easy it would be to strike cuttings from mine as it's got a bit straggly. 
    AB Still learning

  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze Posts: 3,564
    @Allotment Boy A Friend took a cutting early autumn which has survived outside next to a Hebe that is dead???

    A garden is an oasis for creation, available to anyone with a little space and the compunction to get their hands dirty.

    Dan Pearson
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