Thursday, August 28, 2008

Conjoined Triplets

I was pulling out yellow and brown foliage from some Happy Returns daylilies, when I found this:Three daylily scapes fused together. Daylilies have been grown in every garden I've ever had, and I've never seen this happen before. Have you?
The blooms are perfectly normal.


  1. Anonymous9:54 AM

    I've never seen it before in Day Lillies. I have seen it in other plants especially trees. They just grafted themselves together when they were very young. I wonder if a bug got down in there during early forming and chewed a few---making them heal as a group. Conditions were right to keep it moist and warm---so you got a graft. I bet you don't see if often though.

    Hope you get your Sunshine Blue bluebeard

  2. Unusual. You are probably more observant the I. Don't know if I would have noticed.

  3. Interesting and I like Anna's theory!

  4. How strange! I've never noticed anything like that before but of course it could have been there and went unseen. I'll will look more closely from now on. Maybe you can get in the Guiness Book of World Records for the number of scapes fused together :)

  5. Not sure if I have or not. Pretty neat though.

  6. I've not seen it in daylilies, but had a conjoined black-eyed Susan here once. The flowers were joined at the bloom, not the stem. I've got a picture of it somewhere.

    I was wondering if you're a member of The Garden Writers Association? If not would you be interested in joining?
    In the "Name the existing GWA member who is sponsoring your application for membership" box, could you please type my name: TC Conner. Thank you very much and if you're already a member, perhaps we'll meet sometime in the future.

  7. Lucky to have spotted and photographed the triplets. Although never in daylilies, my garden has been a nursery for conjoined coneflowers.

  8. Wow, that is a pretty unusual, yet very cool occurrence! At least the daylily blooms are so pretty.

  9. Very interesting! A mutant daylily.

  10. Hi Anna, that sounds like a plausible explanation. I've never seen this before.


    Hi Marnie, I wouldn't have noticed it if I hadn't been cleaning out the foliage, or maybe when I was cutting down the scapes after blooming.

    Hi Gail, me too!

    Hi Jane Marie, I figured if anyone would have seen something like this in daylilies, it would be you, considering how many you grow. The Guinness record books have so many oddities, now you've got me curious if something like this has ever shown up!

    Tina, I'm curious as to what caused this. Anna's theory does make sense.

    Nancy, there's always something new to see in nature! I'm glad it bloomed.

    TC, interesting. I had a deformed columbine this spring, haven't seen too many other weird things like this in my garden before. Interesting about your black-eyed susan.

    I'm not a member, but I'll check it out. Thanks for the tip.

    Joey, that's interesting. I wonder what causes these anomalies.

    DP, very unusual. I've never seen anything like it, and I've been growing daylilies for 30 years. I wonder if I'll ever see it again! I agree - I'm glad it's got nice blooms.

    Dave, yep, it's a mutant alright! My dentist once told me I'm a mutant, since I never had bottom wisdom teeth. I didn't mind at all when it was time to get the top ones pulled - glad I didn't have to go through that a 2nd time!

  11. Anonymous3:34 PM

    Wow! Noooo...don't think I've ever seen anything quite like that before. Maybe you should send a photo of that to a gardening magazine.

  12. Interesting, but like Marnie, I have never looked that closely before. I wonder if they had been different varieties if you would have had a new type of bloom?

  13. Very interesting, I've never seen that before but I'd better go look at some of my day lillies :)

  14. Brenda, wierd, huh! I googled it and wasn't able to find out much. Maybe sending it to a gardening magazine would yield more info.

    Rose, I don't think I'd have noticed it if not for cleaning up the foliage. It might have been discovered when the blooms were spent and the scape was cut back.

    Kathi, let me know if you find any oddities like this!

  15. I too have grown daylilies for years and have never seen them fuse. Did this fusion ever bloom?

  16. LOL--I wonder whether it was taking fertility drugs!
    ~ Monica

  17. Hi Lisa, yes it did bloom, and the blooms looked perfectly normal. Wierd, huh?

    Hi Monica, hmmm. . . maybe that's what happened!

  18. Hi Monica, fertility drugs LOL! I never thought of that!


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