Mutant Coneflower

This is the second year this has appeared among the purple coneflowers (aka echinacea) in my garden. Have read some accounts that it’s caused by disease. Looks like a mutation, though. Your thoughts welcomed.

Note: I’ve done absolutely NO Photoshopping on this. It’s a green coneflower, with stubby petals in a patch of purple normals.

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2 Responses to “Mutant Coneflower”


  1. 1 pete July 10, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    I’ve got Black-Eyed Susans in my yard that tend to get deformed blooms, but the color doesn’t change. This usually happens after the first big bloom of the season. Strange.

  2. 2 Sharleen July 28, 2008 at 11:35 am

    I have a green mutation not quite as perfectly formed as yours. everything about it is green but for the stems that have a strong reddish tint. I think it offers a real point of interest among the purples which are absolutely wonderful this year!
    I live in northern Minneapolis on a sand plain.


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