The Garden: an illustrated weekly journal of gardening 24: 253 (Sept 22, 1883)


An interesting series of these has been sent to us by Messrs. Robert Veitch & Sons from the New North Road Nursery, Exeter. There were about a dozen in all, mostly varieties of the common Sunflower (Helianthus annuus). One of the flowers presented a curious and uncommon appearance, of which the annexed woodcut is a representation. The monstrosity consists in having several secondary flowers produced from the disk of the parent flower. These small secondary flowers appear to be quite perfect, having ray and disk florets and a green involucre as in the large flower-head.

Proliferous flower of the common annual Sunflower (Helianthus annuus).

Freaky Flowers