This dahlia has 2 heads. Is this common? I've never seen one grow like this before. I didn't see anything like this last year.
This is so cool, Linda! I've seen fasciation in other flowers, like hosta, but not in dahlias!
It might have happened for ten zillion reasons, all of which wouldn't worry me any if that flower was in my garden. I'd be trying to do it again!
Check out the link below, which explains this phenomenon better then I could... Here's a quick quote...
"Herbicides, insects and physical injury to the growing tip are reported to stimulate the occurrence of fasciations (Geneve, 1990). Fasciations also are reported to come about through spontaneous mutations (Gabillard and Pitrat). Conditions favoring rapid growth also favor the development of fasciations." They also say it might be natural genetics or mutations causing it.
Here is a link that might be useful: Fascia explanation
I have seen three headed flowers too.
I didn't do anything special, Last fall, I just placed my dahlias in a few large planters and let them sit in my garage through the winter. I watered them a few times. I planted them right after Mother's Day.
Three headed? I'd love to see a picture of that! I'm assuming it was from a single variety, as well?
Thanks for sharing your image with us, Linda! Please post here again if more flowers on that plant do the same thing! By the way, is that Wheels?
This post was edited by CCvacation on Wed, Jun 26, 13 at 22:30
I'm not sure what the name is. I bought a flat of dahlias from a local greenhouse here last year. I think they are just common ones.
Looks like a Harlequin seedling to me.
Is it 2 HEADS on one stem or 2 FACES off of one bud/head?
I had a single stem tulip sprout with 5 blooming tulips this spring but that is not uncommon for tulips.
It's 2 heads on one stem. They are connected together on one stem.