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31/03/2014 at 17:38

I planted some daffodil bulbs last year, and one of them sprouted wit a strange globe instead of the usual head that appears in normal bulbs. It was like a damaged brussel sprout.

At first I thought it was a different kind of flower that had somehow got into the bag of daff bulbs I bought, but it's now starting to flower (or is trying, anyway), and it appears to be three or four fused daffodil heads on one stalk.

Is this particularly unusual, and should I be proud of it?

31/03/2014 at 17:40

I've never seen anything like that. Take a photo and let us see

Has it got one of those flattened looking stems that looks like more than one stuck together?

31/03/2014 at 17:41

It is quite unusual, and you should be proud of it Take a pic and post it. It happens to a lot of different flowers The triple elongated daisy always make me smile.


31/03/2014 at 17:43

It sounds like fasciation. This happens when the growing point has been damaged at some point. It could be due to something as simple as an aphid biting it. Next year it will probably be normal. Last year I had it on a mullein and on linaria. I have a helleborus niger that has a very queer seed pod. I assume that it the same. I'll take a photo before it gets dark.

31/03/2014 at 17:55

 fasciated Helleborus niger seedpod

31/03/2014 at 17:58

I'm so pleased you found the name for this phenomenon fidgetbones. There are some amazing images on line.

31/03/2014 at 18:09

I had a closer look and took a quick photo. There's definitely four heads, though one of them is smaller than the others. In fact, two seem to be bigger and two seem to be smaller, generally.

If it's special, I'll take some more tomorrow:


31/03/2014 at 19:24


31/03/2014 at 19:55


01/04/2014 at 21:01

Tomsk: Are you sure it's not a Terriffid, or perhaps a Daffodilorousaur??

02/04/2014 at 13:24

Found this sometime last year - didn't know it was a common thing - looked cool though. 


02/04/2014 at 13:59

Brilliant,Thomas. If I can find the ones I had last year, I will post them later.

02/04/2014 at 18:01
David Matthews2 wrote (see)

Tomsk: Are you sure it's not a Terriffid, or perhaps a Daffodilorousaur??

Well... Given that the bulb in question came from Lidl, it has left me wondering whether I should infer anything about their meat pies and cheap mince.

I'd advise anyone who eats their lasagnes to count how many heads are now on their own necks...

02/04/2014 at 18:37


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