Conjoined flowers?

Conroe, TX(Zone 9a)

I was looking around the back yard this evening, looking at the differences between some of the black-eyed susans that have come up from the wildflower seed mix I first scattered last year, when I found this flower that is oblong, not round. Then I noticed the opening bud a little to the right, that is also oblong.

Conroe, TX(Zone 9a)

I followed the stem down and found another bud that is oblong, really packed with foliage around it.

Conroe, TX(Zone 9a)

Still further down, you can see that the stem is like a data cable - flat and wide. It's as though several stems fused together, and at different heights a portion veers off to form a flower. Some leaves come straight out of the flat side, the leaves that come out of the edges are four leaves stacked together. There are two stems like this coming from what appears to be the same plant. I meant to mention that the flowers seem to have twice the amount of... whatever the word is, the small green stuff behind the petals, it's as if the flowers are two, fused side by side (creating the oblong shape), and all of the under-petal stuff crammed together. Weird! I'm still pretty new to this, so maybe this happens all the time. Has anyone else run across this?

La Grange, TX(Zone 8b)

Maggie, it looks like the bud in that first photo is also oblong. I love that velvety oval. It looks like a brown gemstone.

Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

Your flower looks really pretty, it is probably some kind of mutation. I had some purple cone flowers last year that were totally green, the entire flower was green, so go figure.

San Antonio, TX(Zone 8b)

I have never seen anything like this before. Save the seeds and plant them and see if the new plants do this. Thanks for sharing.

Conroe, TX(Zone 9a)

Hazel, I was thinking of that also. But I don't remember ever seeing (or recognizing) seeds on these flowers. Maybe I'm deadheading before they go to seed? What should I do? What should I look for?

San Antonio, TX(Zone 8b)

Just don't deadhead the blooms and let them make a seed head.

Conroe, TX(Zone 9a)

Thanks Hazel, looks like they will signal me when they are ready to be harvested!

Austin, TX

Your "Austin Garden Date" reminded me that me head has been in the weeds so to speak and I hadn't done any reading here for a while. The growth is a "fasciculation" (love English!) and is caused by a non-harmful virus much like virus cause varigations. There were probably some aphids on the plant this Spring that introduced the infection. Each petal and brown nub in the bloom is a seperate flower so you sort of ended up with Siamese Twin flower stalks. Seedlings may show a higher incidence of the fun habit.

Conroe, TX(Zone 9a)

What a neat word! Tahnks for your explanation, I can't seem to show this plant to enough people, it is just fascinating. The thing that really doesn't come though on the pictures is the flat, wide (ribbon-like) stem. I love looking at these, and will saving seeds.

Gordonville, TX(Zone 7b)

Thats really cool. Welcome to DG, ottermuvver!


San Antonio, TX(Zone 8b)

ottermuvver, thanks for the information. I have learned a new word today.

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