Strange Mutant Dandilion?
See if this makes any sense to you:
I had a bunch of perennials that I grew from seed LAST YEAR (spring of 2005). They never made it out of their pots, so I put them underground along with the strawberries (my tomato bed serves as winter hostel in the off-season). Most of them made it fine, and have new homes.
One plant grew into a straight-stemmed, tall plant. Looked like it was going to make a nice yellow flower, if the yellow tinge at the tip of the flowerhead was any indication. Then I did it again: snapped the stem off while moving things around. Sigh.
I put it in water - figured I'd get a flower at least. I didn't. What came out looks like a giant dandilion seedhead. It's beautiful, roughly the size of my palm, and full of giant seeds-with-parachutes. I'm hoping it'll dry nicely and I'll keep it on the window ledge, watch the sun play through the little parachutes.
But what the heck IS it?