Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Fasciation in the Home Field



This weird cluster of Black-eyed Susans has established a foothold in our "Prairie Plant" garden this year. A common mutation, nevertheless it does cause the occasional double take among the members of the neighborhood garden patrol. Its stem is as strange as its flower:



Flat as a ribbon with leaves sprouting at right angles. I propped them up for the stems had a tendency to fold.

By Professor Batty



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