Has anyone ever seen Dandelions with multiple heads on one stalk? In the
spring I started seeing twins and then suddenly I started seeing one wide
stalk (and inch or so) with multiple heads -- I think I counted 13 on one
stalk. I was wondering if that's unusual? I also got a nice twinned
Zinnia, too. I'm beginning to wonder if we're living on a chemical dump.
Well, not really, this has been farmland as far back as we can trace it but
I wondered why I was seeing so much twinning in flowers where I'd never
noticed it before.
Giselle (or maybe it's simply because I never noticed it before? duh. :)
What the dandelions are doing is something that is called "fascination".
I've seen cactus doing it and found the reference to it in one of my books.
Lately I've noticed multiple flower heads on gerbera daisies that we've
gotten from Canada from Color Point nurseries for Lowes.
This year, my purple loosestrife made twinned flowerstems on one plant
(before the Japanese beetles munched it down to the bones <g>) and just
today we got in a shipment of Magnus coneflowers, and out of all those pots,
there were three that had triple heads of flowers. If the pots are there
tomorrow, I'm buying it to see if the seeds are viable and make the same
kind of flower next year.
I've seen lilies do that. the oriental ones, not daylilies. I seem to
recall someone had a lily that had a whole bunch of flowers on one thick
I was wondering if that's unusual?
Yes. but not rare.
I also got a nice twinned
there might actually be something to what you're wondering. You should see
the difference in the ruffled African violets that were grown from seeds
that went up on the space shuttle. HUGE plants! I'd say call your college
agricultural department and ask for someone who knows their botany and can
determine if your plants are influenced by fungus, disease, mutations,
chemicals, or what not. I'm curious as to what they'd have to say about it.
Keep me posted of your findings if you pursue this!
It is a ponder. You have to also realize that our enviroment isn't the same
as when your property was a farm. The rain is different. The sunshine is
even different due to the ozone layer and such. My cactus get quite a
sunburn every spring when I put them outside, but this year they suffered
badly. At least they adjusted, but I could tell the sun was harsher than
last year. And I've never browned up quite so quickly as I did this year
and I'm not a brown person. I really have to make sure I put on the
sunscreen, Bullfrog on my hands because I have Viteligio. (loss of
pigmentation like what Michael Jackson has and took the pill to eliminate
all of his pigment when it showed up, apparently it's a genetic trait of
Scot-Irish decendents..<g>) I neverthought of it until one day I noticed
I'd lost pigment on my upper chest and my patches were red from being
outside in the nursery all day in the sun and heat.
not likely. But seriously, don't worry about it too much, but if your still
curious and do contact someone, let me know, ok?
madgardener up on the ridge, back in Fairy Holler overlooking a storming
English Mountain in Eastern Tennessee, zone 7, Sunset zone 36
Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect." Chief Seattle
my spelling yesterday wasn't the best. I don't have spell checker on
automatically. I usually hit F7 and highlight a word and then it asks me if
I want to check the rest of it. I forgot yesterday in answering the
question. I've seen this in quite a few plants over the years. The Gerbera
daisies from Lowes this last year and a half have been the newest ones to
draw my attentions. And my purple Loosestrife. Apparently cactus do it more
frequently than other plants.........
Ok, while we're on the subject, does anyone know anything about Caladiums
that have "inside-out" spots on the underside of the leaves? I only have one
that does it, but it does it all the time. I'll post a pic on ABPG if anyone
Murri ( collects Caladium varieties )
I usually have one or two foxgloves out there showing signs of
fasciation. Sometimes the flower scapes are two inches wide by
one-quarter inch thick, with rows of flowers in stripes up and down
the scapes. Very strange looking.
Ann, Gardening in zone 6a
Just south of Boston, MA
Are you positive it's a dandelion? Just guessing, but multiple
heads with dandelion-like flowers could be a type of hawkweed:
Yep, I'm absolutely positive it's a dandelion. I wish I had a scanner so I
could show you how odd they are. I dried some of them. The stem was
actually about an inch wide on the biggest one -- sort of wide and flat like
a lot of stems joined side by side. Then it was capped with all these heads
all jumbled together, not on individual stems. They were so tightly packed
sometimes, that I couldn't get a good count.
Giselle (same year but in a slightly different area I also got a zinnia with
two heads, a black-eyed susan with two and a co-joined cherry. :)
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