Proliferation commonly known as 'hen and Chickens' is caused by
excessive watering and feeding at the beginning of the spring when the
plant has just begun to grow away from it's winter rest.
This proliferation can occur in two ways:
a) A new flower head rises out of the centre or the side of a normal
b) A whole new growing plant is developed on a long stem. This should be
removed to avoid it sapping the plant's energy.
From: IGSROBIN [mailto:IGSROBIN@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU] On Behalf Of
Sent: 07 May 2002 16:03
Yes, it is proliferation when a flower grows from another flower.
It is a genetic trait common in some zonals and occasionally in a
dwarf. It is not harmful. If you do not like it, simply remove the
flower. As far as if you can start a plant from it, I have never tried
it. I occasionally get it on the dwarf stellar 'Helen Christine' and
may have on a few other plants, but can't remember. And, 'Helen
Christine' only does it occasionally. I have been informed that the
bird's egg zonal 'Mrs. J.J. Knight' does this also, but do not have that