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Posted 16 March 2008. PMN Crop News.

New Herbaceous Perennials Diagnostic Guide Includes Over 150 Popular Perennials

American Phytopathological Society.

St. Paul, Minnesota (March 5, 2009)--Diseases of Herbaceous Perennials will help identify and solve plant disease problems specific to these ornamental plants. The common diseases of more than 150 popular perennials are included in this new book, arranged alphabetically by plant and accompanied by hundreds of color photographs to assist in accurate disease diagnosis. This book will be invaluable to nurserymen and garden center operators, landscape managers, educators, professional, home, and master gardeners, and the many advisors and extension professionals that serve the green industry.


This book consists of three sections. The first section describes basic strategies for diagnosing and managing diseases of herbaceous perennials. It explains why Integrated Pest Management is important and outlines some helpful practices to keep diseases in check. The second section includes short profiles of 12 major types of diseases that attack herbaceous perennials. This section helps readers understand how different types of disease-causing agents live and act and how best to protect plants against them. The third and main section of the book is organized alphabetically by the genus of each perennial plant, which helps readers quickly find information for a particular plant of interest. The Common Name to Latin Name Index will help those unfamiliar with the Latin plant names.

This resource includes over 700 color images of diseases commonly found on herbaceous perennials, up-to-date information on important diseases to watch for, a primer on the different categories of plant diseases and how they are managed, symptom descriptions to help the reader tell major diseases of perennials apart, the basic cultural requirements of each plant, and an encyclopedic arrangement (alphabetically, plant-by-plant).

This title may be purchased for $79 plus S&H (USD) from The American Phytopathological Society. To order this title go to the APS PRESS online store at or call toll-free 1.800.328.7560 U.S.A. and most of Canada or +1.651.454.7250 elsewhere.

Ashley Armstrong
The American Phytopathological Society