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Barnacles on plants are lichens

Jeneen Wiche

Weekend Gardener

 

Have you ever gotten blamed for something you hadn’t done? Most of us have experienced this and it is a dreadful feeling.

Well, there are a great many things we blame erroneously on one thing or another, and lichens are one of them. Lichens, often described as barnacles by worried gardeners, usually show up on woody plants after some sort of thinning or decline has occurred. They are not the problem, only the result of a change in the plant’s environment.