Q.I Have An Oriental Poppy With An Unusual Formation
The Orienal Poppy plant has been growing in its position for about 4 years. This year while it is producing normal poppies generaly on one side is an unusual growth. There appears to be 6 stems growing together and one very large head forming which raises a few questions 1 Could this be a desease of the plant and if so should I dispose of this section? 2 Should I continue to let it grow to see what happens.
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Poppies are not disease prone so I would guess it is a mutation or fasciation. You can wait and see what the large flower head looks like. (Many cultivars are discovered by mutations!)
You can leave it or pull it. It shouldn't affect your other normal growing plants.