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Whats happening to me echinacea?

 
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I noticed a few days ago this slime on my echinacea. It's white and clear and about the consistency of snot. It reappears in the morning. The only thing I found online was that it might be a slug but that's a lot of slime for a slug.

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Part of that goo does look a lot like spittle bug (white with some bubbles).
The clear goo looks more like sap leaking from the wounds of the spittle bug or another sucking insect.
 
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Do they normally produce a lot of sap? This is my first time growing one. It's hard to find good info on Google because the results are all for supplements or medicinal info.
 
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What kind of a tree or tree limb is the echinacea under?  The background in one of your pics looks like there are big, mature trees nearby. Are they dripping something?  That looks like an awful lot of sticky stuff, especially if it's starting up at the flower end.
 
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It was totally clusters of spittle bugs. I washed them off with a hose no problem. Some aesthetic damage to the plant but it seems to be fine otherwise.

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Had the same problem on my lavender plants. Yes, using a garden hose is enough to remove those spittlebug nymphs.
 
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