Conjoined Daisy

Daisies joined at the hip.

My sister sent me this photo of a Gerbera daisy from her garden, in which two blooms of the daisy are attached to the same base. I’d been trying to find some information about what causes this and how common it is, but was coming up empty.  (I know — shocking! — 700 million hits from the term “two flowers attached to same base” and none of them about the topic at hand.) Then, I decided to get a little less than politically correct and Google “Siamese twin flowers.”

Bingo.

There still isn’t a lot of information about why this occurs, but it seems that Gerbera daisies are among the species more likely to sport conjoined flowers. A discussion of a two-headed echinacea over at the Garden web indicates that doubles like this can be caused by aster yellows, a disease that causes flowers and leaves to appear twisted. It also can be a natural mutation. Among vegetables, two-headed fruits happen more commonly. For fun photos of unusual plants and fruits, check out the Garden Mutants web site.

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8 Responses to Conjoined Daisy

  1. Laura says:

    Bizarre! I’ve never seen anything like it!

  2. meemsnyc says:

    I’ve never seen anything like that before. Neat!

  3. Benjamin says:

    Now, I saw two monarch butterflies that looked like this today. I’d just released a male after it came out of its chrysalis, and a local male nectaring outside immediately attacked it, and they sat on a 7′ eupatorium in frozen struggle. Try a pc search for that on google.

  4. Elly says:

    Thanks for figuring this out for me. I knew you would have the answer! Wierd, huh?! But kind of cool and quite a topic of conversation with my neighbors.

  5. Mary Schier says:

    Thanks for sharing the photo, Elly! I’ve had mutant veggies before, but never seen this on a flower.

  6. Greetings! The term you are looking for is “Fasciation” and is otherwise known as “cresting.” The process of fasciation occurs when a bud or stem has had some kind of physical damage. The damage can be caused by bacteria, insects, frost, or rogue clippers. Some plants are more susceptible to it than others.

  7. Chris says:

    I have one also very cool. It’s a Gerbera Daisy.

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