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black eyed susan mutation

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Hello, I am in Mass and was checking out my black eyed susans-some of the plant has instead of 1 stalk, about 10 fused plants together, anyone ever heard of this? I have pictures but not sure if I can put them on this site. I cant wait for it to bloom, the tops are also fused so hopefully when it blooms they will all be in a row together.
Can anyone let me know if that has happened to their plants? Kathi

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Black Eyed Susan Mutations

Hello. Many people from several different states have been reporting since 2012 that they are finding terribly mutated Black Eyed Susans. I live in OH and my Black Eyed Susans have been mutating for 16 years now. This year they are worse than ever before. They are insanely mutated right now. It is very alarming. There are many theories as to why this is happening. Some feel that it is caused by over-fertilizing (I know this is not the case with mine) others feel that it is so widespread now because of the radiation from the 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Power plant disaster in Japan. I live about 30 minutes from a power plant myself, which has been known to have leaked plumes in the past, so maybe that is my issue. Whatever the cause, this is not normal and many people have been reporting finding their Black Eyed Susans mutated. As far as I know there is nothing you can do about it:(

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