Article: The Alien Echinacea : Sort of like having octuplets

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By starlight1153 on August 2, 2010

Have you ever had a plant that you expected to grow up, perform and bloom like the picture it was represented of when you bought it, only to find out you have something totally different. Not only different but totally alien looking? This is a story of an Echiancea that is growing and seems not to realize what it is doing is abnormal. Come take a look for yourself....

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Aug 3, 2010 9:30 PM CST
Name: Charlene Houseman
Lehigh Acres, Fl 33971
Newly transplanted fr Cen TX
Wow, that is a really unusual coneflower for sure. Maybe it got a few extra dabs of daddies in the petri dish and made multiple multiples!! I wonder if that could be cloned and used as a lead into a whole new line of eckies?

Interesting to say the least.

Aug 4, 2010 7:49 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Rolling on the floor laughing What a great description Charleen.

Yes it could be cloned. Since it is a hybrid created from two plants and is a registered and patented cultivar, to have it registered would take the permission of the original hybridizer to allow it to be cloned. If they agreed than they would get a percentage from any and all royalties it earned.

You are so right, if time shows that it is a stable plant, yes it could open new directions.

I do so hope that it is fertile and maybe even produces just a couple of seeds that could be grown out and see what develops, but even any seedling s that a person wanted to register they still would have to get permission from the original hybridizer. But it sure would be fun to see if any of them seeds produced octuplets or not. Big Grin

Aug 10, 2010 5:45 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Is it just my twisted brain or do echinecias look like Can C an Dancers with their bums in the air ?
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