Jane McGary
Sun, 18 Apr 2004 22:39:46 PDT
Ken Hixson wrote,
At 08:54 PM 4/18/2004 -0700, you wrote:
>Mary Sue, thank you for mentioning Veratrum, and Jane, thank you for
>adding to the subject.  I've never grown them, though have often thought
>they would be attractive architectural plants, if only the leaves were
>not so consistently shredded    My question is, is this slug/snail 
>damage?  The early season leaves
>I've seen are usually not damaged, and the damage pattern is more consistant
>with caterpillers than slugs--ie, the leafblades are eaten between the ribs
>of the leaves, not from the outside in as in the usual pattern of slugs.
>It is always interesting that some creatures seem able to eat plants which
>are poisonous to most others.

Since the leaves are sometimes damaged on plants at high elevations, where 
there are no slugs, something else must be eating them. However, I have 
seen slugs feeding on young plants here. Slugs eat a lot of poisonous 
stuff, like Colchicum leaves and flowers.

Ken, if you live near the Portland area, let me know later in the summer 
and I'll dig up a big Veratrum for you so you won't have to wait 10 years 
for it to mature.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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