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AllynnW
May 31, 2020 10:04 AM CST
I have a colony of Apricot Foxglove that is growing very vigorously this year. I just noticed that one of them has a flat stem. The plant is over 4 feet tall (one of the tallest) and very healthy but the steam, all the way down, is definitely flat - about 1 1/2" wide and 1/2" thick.

Does anyone have any ideas as to why this happened? It isn't "squished" by anything

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stone
May 31, 2020 10:34 AM CST
That is generally considered to be something caused by some plant killing spray.

Seems impossible to totally avoid chems in our organic gardens... they get in from the neighbor's over-spray, or from the amendments that we add or even from passing airplanes...

Ever hear about the chemtrail conspiracy theory?
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Bonehead
May 31, 2020 10:43 AM CST
Or could it be simple faciation?
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May 31, 2020 10:45 AM CST
Bonehead said:Or could it be simple faciation?


Hmmm....

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Calif_Sue
May 31, 2020 11:07 AM CST

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Bonehead said:Or could it be simple faciation?


That was my thought!
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May 31, 2020 11:08 AM CST
Calif_Sue said:

That was my thought!


Mine too.
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Rhode Island
AllynnW
May 31, 2020 11:36 AM CST
Well... it's probably not any kind of spray. At least not from me. I have a fish pond fairly close to the area and I don't use anything. Could be from my neighbors but i don't know.

My first thought was some sort of deviation like cristata or something similar. It's the only one (of more than 20) that show the flat stem. I'll see if the flowers are any different
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Strever
May 31, 2020 11:52 AM CST
last year i had 3 with rectangle flatish stems - the normal stems are round
one of the flatish stems grew over 12 ft tall
i haven't paid attention this year because they are mostly still small
but will check
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DaisyI
May 31, 2020 1:04 PM CST
AllynnW said:My first thought was some sort of deviation like cristata or something similar. It's the only one (of more than 20) that show the flat stem. I'll see if the flowers are any different


Your first thought was the right thought.

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MsDoe
May 31, 2020 1:38 PM CST
It's called fasciation, please post flower pictures when it blooms!
Rhode Island
AllynnW
Jun 16, 2020 8:15 AM CST
MsDoe said:It's called fasciation, please post flower pictures when it blooms!


We had a heavy rain with wind the other day and, unfortunately, the Foxglove fell over because it is so heavy. That explains why the very top is bent; I hope it straightens out before it finishes blooming. I managed to stake it and it looks very impressive. I will definitely look out for these aberrations next Spring

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