The amaranth plant in the backyard of Sam Lal's Queens home began to resemble an elephant's head and trunk in August after growing all summer.
The 60-year-old Hindu man says the formation appeared to bless and heal him. He says pain he suffered from a bone spur disappeared when the plant grew.
Queens Botanical Garden spokesman Tim Heimerle says horticulturists there have never seen an amaranth take an elephant-like shape. He says the trunk-like formation is "not a natural thing."
Lal says the flower grew through concrete, facing a prayer space - further evidence of its connection to Ganesh, the Remover of Obstacles.