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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Young Carlisle twins grow 14-headed sunflower

Two young gardeners from Carlisle created a monster in their garden when they grew a 14-headed sunflower.

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Helen and twins Jack and Adam with the sunflower

Green-fingered twins Jack and Adam Turley, four, planted four sunflowers at Belah Community Nursery School earlier this year.

After transferring them to their garden, one died and three grew, and one of them has blossomed into a super-sunflower bearing more than 10 heads.

So far, seven of the heads have opened up, while three are just coming into flower. Another four buds have also appeared on the plant.

Mum Helen Sprott, who lives in the St Ann’s area of the north of Carlisle, said the plant, which she believes was planted by Jack, is a rare specimen.

She said: “I think it’s pretty unusual, I have never seen one before. My mum said she had read about one in Stranraer that had four heads, and that this one could be very rare.

“There’s seven heads out at the moment, and another three that are just starting. There’s been a few people come and say they have never seen anything like it.

“Some of the heads are getting a bit past it, while others are just coming out.”

The American National Sunflower Association says that while cultivated sunflowers usually only have one head, wild ones that form the genetic basis of cultivated plants, which grow in ditches across North America, often have more, and can have as many as 20 heads.

  • If you've grown a sunflower with more heads, phone Thom Kennedy on 01228 612258

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