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Why is the top flower on my foxglove not the same as other flowers on the plant?
Posted by Dobies Staff on 12 December 2013 03:05 PM

The top flower of the foxglove is rather unique in comparison with those of the main stem.  Whereas the flowers of the main stem are symmetrical in one plane only, the apical flower is always completely symmetrical and is known as a peloric flower.   This flower is comparatively rarely seen because the shoot tends to die off before it opens. 

Although the flower is so different, seed saved from the peloric flower would produce plants bearing normal foxglove flowers.

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