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Richard Bunn

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When I got back from the UK all my plants had flowered and dropped their petals. This Catesbaei caught my attention as the style is quite attractively mutated. Is it a one off thing or will the plant always produce these kind of flowers?

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It can be consistent but rarely is the flower distorted in exactly the same way every time. I find flower distortion is common, maybe particularly with hybrids(?) Not sure if I am noticing more distortion this year than usual. I think distortion is usually undesirable to most growers unless there is consistency or symmetry (e.g. S. leucophylla 'Tarnok.'). Clones with poor flowers are often 'weeded out' for this characteristic but I think most clones can kick out an odd flower now and again.

The flower is developing in the growing point many months before it starts out so maybe it is a combination of factors during this time?

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