Yikes!! What have you been feeding them? They are wonderfully strange-looking.
Well how unusual, Judith! I've never seen purple cone flowers look like this before. I used to have some in my perennial garden when we lived in Greensboro. It has been a strange year weather-wise for us here in North Carolina; I don't know about you all. That might explain the strange cone flowers. :)I hope you have a wonderful week!Denise at Forest Manor
Now that is really strange! I wonder what happened with them? They are still beautiful none the less.
Any idea why? Could it be a BAD thing? Looks like a weird growth or something. How odd. Yikes.
Rather odd. A mutation of some sort? Interesting. Wonder if you save seeds if you could recreate the new flower?
something certainly seems to have gone astray - are they seeding like mad because the weather is weird?I hope you find some answers. Have a great week, and thanks for stopping by my blog today.
helloje ne connais pas ces fleurstrès curieuses mais la nature fait bien les chosescar cela reste très beautendresseedith (iris) France
It is strange looking! Are they some kind of hybrid. Looks like another flower or plant is growing out of the coneflower? Interesting! Have a happy week ahead!
That's so cool Judith. This is usually called a "sport" in the plant world and if you could seed the sport and the seeds come true to the new variation, you would have the right to breed, name and sell the new cultivar. "Echinacea Judith" sounds nice. :) Did you have a lovely holiday? I hope so. :)
I read about that once. Seems like it is a disease Judith, but it's been sometime since I read up on it to recall for sure.Cher Sunray Gardens
I have never seen anything like it but I also would think it is a disease.Have a nice week.
That is interesting. Do you know why?
I have never seen such a thing. What does it mean?
Strangely lovely, do you think it could be because of all the rain and weather we've had this year?
Very interesting.. mutant coneflower!!! Weird, but interesting! Would like to know if you get the same thing next year or if this was just a fluke!
I hate to tell you this but you want to rip that out and throw it away immediately. It is Asters Yellow disease a nasty and quickly spreading disease that will destroy all in the aster family especially echinacea. I have been seeing more of the mutant echinacea this year and am ripping out beloved plants. I am hoping to contain it so it doesn't spread to other flowers. You can Google it for more info.
Aliens have landed! :) or fairies or gnomes have been playing around there! :)
So sorry to inform you, but your cone flowers have a disease called "aster yellows". Google it and do some research. It's not a good thing. I had it last year and ended up digging up and destroying most of my cone flowers. Fortunately, the few I had left did not exhibit signs of the disease this year.
I've been fighting aster yellows for years now. I pull them. Fortunately, I still have lots of healthy ones remaining and they self seed prolifically. Good luck, Judith!
I have read through some of the comments and am glad I did. I have never heard of Asters Yellow disease. Now I would know to rip out the plants immediately. I have problems of my own- there is scale on my euonymus.Congratulations on being the winner in my book giveaway. Can you email me your address? My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Strange looking flowers! What happened with them?
It almost looks like succulents growing out of the flower! Isn't nature interesting? Have a great week, Laura
One year while in VA, my Monarda had double heads...it was the craziest thing I ever saw...besides your Cone Flowers!!...:)JP
Isn't that the oddest looking blooms. Mine are a little defformed but not with the extra petals. My double decker ones did not come to form this year. Valerie
Thank goodness for Donna, until I read her comment I thought it was a mutation too!Bloggers are a great source of opinion and information - thank you for your sage advice today!hugsShane
I had that happen one year with my flowers and wondered why!
What are those flowers doing!!? How very interesting.
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