Weird & Wacky: Fasciation


Fascinated Mules Ear
Photo Credit: Wikipedia

In the world of flowers, you can find the good, the bad and the ugly. Most flowers are good; they are perfectly shaped and are beautiful works of art! Bad flowers aren’t perfect and have some unsightliness-usually the result of neglect or disease. Ugly flowers are rare, but they do exist. And their lack of good looks is usually caused by genetic mutation, such as fasciation.

Fasciation is a rare condition where the growth of a plant is concentrated in a single area. Fasciated plants develop flattened, elongated shoots; multiple stems that look like they have been fused together; or misshapen flower heads with numerous flowers. This weird phenomenon can occur in the stem, root, fruit or flower head.

Fasciation can be caused by genetic mutation, a bacteria or viral infection, or environmental factors. These plants are generally considered ugly, although some people may find them attractive. Some fasciated plants, such as “monstrosa” and “crisata” ferns and fantail willow, are propagated for their unusual forms and are considered highly collectable!

Fasciation is unpredictable, but not contagious. It will not spread to the other plants in the garden. It is usually limited to a single stem and is not subject to repeat occurrences, although some plants are more prone to the mutation. There are different types of fasciation. Ring fasciation, also known as “hen and chicks,” is a phenomenon where a ring of flowers is grown around a a normal, single flower head.

Affected shrubs and trees can be pruned out, if you prefer.

Flowers that have been known to be affected by fascination include: celosias, delphiniums, forsythias, foxgloves, lilies, and primulas.

About Connor Lowry

I love flowers! I enjoy writing about them as well as gardening. Mostly I love finding new and unique flower gardening ideas I encourage you to post regularly on this blog, and send in guest blogs or ideas for new blogs as well. New and exciting blogs are always welcome I intend to post a lot of interesting facts and fun stuff about flowers, as well as info on many varieties of flowers.
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5 Responses to Weird & Wacky: Fasciation

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  4. It’s amazing to learn about weird plants and flowers in this world. Learning their existence can be a one in a lifetime events in our life and a failure if we will not able to see these stunning weird flowers.


    • I absolutely agree! That’s why I was thrilled to have the opportunity to view “Putrella” the corpse plant when she bloomed and stunk out the Edmonton Muttart Conservatory. Definitely a once in a lifetime event!


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