Didymellina leaf spot

Infected iris plant

Infected iris plant

 

Didymellina leaf spot

Didymellina leaf spot

Iris leaf lesions

Iris leaf lesions

Pathogen: Didymellina poecilospora

Hosts: Iris, most severe on rhizomatous Iris

Symptoms: The first symptoms are tiny brown spots with water-soaked borders. As disease progresses the water-soaked areas develop into irregular spots with grayish centers and dark borders. Foliage is killed, weakening the rhizomes. Disease severity worsens after bloom.

Spread: Rain and splashing water disseminates spores to adjacent plants. The disease can easily be introduced on infected plant material.

Management: Good sanitation is important. Leaf debris should be removed in the fall to reduce inoculum which overwinters on the dead foliage. If infected debris is left in the area in the spring the pathogen can sporulate and reinfect developing foliage.