The distinct curve and twist of this stem is a characteristic sign of fasciation.

Fascinating Fasciation: A Plant Mutation

June 22, 2018 | Emily Stine
While on one of my scouting tours through the Gardens, Mike Bone, curator of steppe collections and one of the horticulturists that manages the Steppe Garden , informed me that the red hot poker plant ( Kniphofia stricta , also known as a torch lily) had some interesting fasciation going on in the...Learn more