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"SPORTS" .... odd plant growth....pictures?

 
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This is one, I am pretty sure....this is the third year for this clump of echinacea to have odd flowers....in 2012 there were more blooms...in 2013 there were none....this year only two and one of them looks normal.
This clump was planted by the birds from feeding off of what was a huge bed of them.

anyone else have these? pictures? more information?
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june 2014
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There are some weird echinaceas out there. You could email the photo to a seed company to see if they want to propagate it. Maybe they'll give you some $.
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If this strikes a bell with any reader, you are automatically qualified to be considered awesome!

Slap, Pull, Observe, Release, Tap, Squeeze
 
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Is that too sexy for a family oriented permaculture site?
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Amedean Messan wrote:If this strikes a bell with any reader, you are automatically qualified to be considered awesome!

Slap, Pull, Observe, Release, Tap, Squeeze




all right, you guys, time to get serious.....Amedean, I showed this to my husband and he spotted S.P.O.R.T.S. as a mnemonic and wondered "is this a knemonic for mneading bread" hahaha.....he is my 'walking encyclopedia' and I hope he hasn't let me down...very awesome guy


I really did think that there would be some 'sports' enthusiasts here........
 
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wikipedia definition...

In botany, a sport or bud sport is a part of a plant (normally a woody plant, but sometimes in herbs as well) that shows morphological differences from the rest of the plant. Sports may differ by foliage shape or color, flowers, or branch structure.

Sports with desirable characteristics are often propagated vegetatively to form new cultivars that retain the characteristics of the new morphology.[1] Such selections are often prone to "reversion", meaning that part or all of the plant reverts to its original form. An example of a bud sport is the nectarine, which developed from a bud sport from a peach.
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