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Q.black eyed susan flowers

Zone pinnacle n.c.,27043 | cpruitt123 added on August 16, 2017 | Answered

I have some about 10yrsb old, this year a plant came up near them, I let it grow, it is about 6feet tall and has limbs as long as my arms. on one side it has black eyed susan blooms, but the rest are little yellow blooms with no black center.those have seed pods on them. have you ever heard of this? do blackeyed susans ever have big seed plants like this? what do you think this could be?thank you Cheryl pruitt

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Answered on August 17, 2017


Thank you for sending us your gardening question. It sounds as if the plant you have has experienced some mutation. A mutation is an accidental change in an organism's heredity genetics. Mutations occur in plants as well as animals. Mutations have many causes ranging from chemical and radiation stress to environmental trauma and man induced changes. Some mutations are beneficial to the survival of an organism. Some are not.

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