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Sunflower query

Recently a Sunflower has appeared in our garden with a very strange head flower
It seems to have 3 heads fused into one.
Is this an unusual occurrence ?


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,878
    It’s a condition called ‘fasciation’ and occurs when the growing tip of a plant is damaged by temperature/virus/insects or something similar.

    if you put ‘fasciation’ into the search facility on here you should find a thread with examples from other members. 
    Not a very common occurrence but not that rare either 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • But i don't think this is something strange but seems to be a healthy condition afterall. 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,052
    edited August 2018
    I think nobody is 100% sure why fasciation occurs, " damage to the growing tip" is the best guess , but , I THINK , it's never been proven.
    Mother Nature keeping one step ahead of us.
    Veronicastrum Fascination is named because so many of its flowers "fasciate"
    Image result for veronicastrum fascination
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