There is a fasciated stem on the right side, when it opens, there will be four times the normal number of buds, tightly packed together. Theory is that our cool, wet weather this spring has caused this somewhat rare occurance, but no one knows for certain. At any rate, the stems will most likely be normal again next season. These stems were over 6 feet tall (in full sun) last summer. This variety is used as a greenhouse forcing lily and makes an excellent cut flower, but is rather imposing for smaller areas.