Hi Can you please look at my plant in the picture I've sent? It looks to me...

Asked June 9, 2014, 4:02 PM EDT

Hi Can you please look at my plant in the picture I've sent? It looks to me like its 1/2 daisy and 1/2 lily. I do have both of these plants in the flower bed where this appeared. Is it common for plants to do this? It's vey odd looking! I'd appreciate any information that you have. It's done this for several years now! Thanks, Wendy Ryder

Kane County Illinois

1 Response

What you are noticing is fasciation, a growth disorder not completely understood on plants. There may be several reasons why this occurs; such as the mutation of a single cell that eventually changes the shape of the flower from round to crescent, bacterial infections, insects, etc. The cockscomb celosia frequenty seen in garden centers is an example of an inherited fasciation.
See the attached link for more information http://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/resource-library/plant-week/fasciated-2-22-08.aspx
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