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Double Flower

"Double Flower" describes varieties of flowers with extra petals, often containing flowers within flowers. The Double Flower trait is often noted alongside the scientific name with the abbreviation fl. pl. (flore pleno, an ablative form meaning "with full flower").

The first abnormality to be documented in flowers, Double Flower are popular varieties of many commercial flower types, including roses, camellias and carnations. Where seed is available few double varieties "come true" from seed; many double flower varieties have no reproductive organs and as a result, they are sterile and must be propagated through cuttings.

Environmental agencies ask gardeners not to plant double-flowered species as they have little or no wildlife value as access to the nectaries is typically blocked by the mutation.
Posted on May 8th, 2014
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