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Re: A mystery...

Cathy, I lost a mature Baptisia several years ago and never knew why.  Hmmm.

On 5/3/10, Daryl <dp2413@comcast.net> wrote:
> Cathy,
> It sounds like a Vole. They sometimes use mole and chipmunk tunnels, though
> some dig their own, and they feed on the crown and roots of plants.
> d
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Catharine Carpenter" <
> cathycrc@comcast.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Monday, May 03, 2010 4:08 PM
> Subject: [CHAT] A mystery...
> Just came in from the back yard, and perusing my very overgrown  perennial
>> bed (if I had the energy, I would dig up 2/3 of it... but I  digress...). I
>> have had a lovely Baptisia australis for at least 6  years, and I noticed
>> that it was extending at an angle from the bed. A  closer look revealed that
>> its root system had been completely severed  just below the crown. As I
>> sadly removed the plant, I noticed a hole  at the bottom of the depression,
>> about 3" in diameter. We have had  rain the past several days, so I did not
>> want to investigate with my  shovel, but have any of you ever experienced
>> something like this? Are  there any members of the Rodentia who enjoy
>> feasting on Baptisia? ( I  suspect a rodent.)
>> Cathy, west central IL, z5b
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