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i have this spit like substance on my lavender but also on various shrubs in my garden, i have tried washing it away, but is back again next day. please do you have a solution as to getting rid of this, and is it likely to be spreading. thanks for any help you can give.


  • lydiaannlydiaann Posts: 298

    It's 'cuckoo spit' - unsightly, but won't harm the plants.  Just hose it away each day and your plants will be fine.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,147

    all part of nature, have a look inside. No danger. Life is interesting, don't kill it all

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150

    The "spit" is created as a protective covering by a little insect (called a froghopper I think) it's a very pale green and lives inside the froth.

    I just wipe it off.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,147

    i leave it, the insect is very fragile at that stage and can't survive without the protection

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,757

    I agree with nutcutlet - I leave it alone - it disappears in a few days anyway, and is a sign that you have a wildlife friendly garden.

    I look forward to seeing it each year - it's a sign that summer is here image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,027

    I do too Dove - not noticed any here yet. Fascinating little creatures and completely harmless. My oldest daughter loved looking at them when she was little image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Emma28Emma28 Posts: 42

    They're infesting my bronze fennel at the moment. I've just hidden it behind some other pots so I can leave it and not feel the temptation to pretty it up.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,147

    good idea Emmaimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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