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Interesting hen and chickens marigold

FarendwomanFarendwoman Posts: 148

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just thought I'd share this.

had it many years ago and this one has suddenly popped up.

quite ugly - but interesting with all the little side flowers clustered around the main flower head.

is it likely to come true if I save the seed this time instead of deadheading??

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336

    It looks like fasciation which is usually caused by environmental damage (eg insects, a virus, UV light) at an earlier stage in its development in which case it won't get passed on to the next generation.  If all of the flowers on that plant are similar it will be a genetic variation and may be passed on to some of the seeds.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • FarendwomanFarendwoman Posts: 148

    OK - thanks. I thought I might save some seed from the tiny little "chickens" and see what comes up.

    Nothing ventured nothing lost!

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