Camellia 'Nuccios Pearl'
Welcome to Arty's Flower Friday!
Today, we are barking about variegation.
Pieris 'Flaming Silver'
"I'm Variegated too!"
(...and why are we at the Mental Center?..BOL)
Azalea 'Silver Flame'
"How do plants become variegated you ask?"
Variegation is usually the result of cell mutation and can be genetic or occur randomly.If genetic, the color change is stable and it's easier to propagate new shoots and get the same result.
A random mutation can also result in variegation. Mutations can also be propagated, but sometimes they don't take or result in a weaker plant. Variegated plants are usually smaller than their non variegated relatives, which makes them ideal for small spaces. Some varieties thrive in shade too, due to the lack of chlorophyll in the leaves.
Phlox 'Candy Stripe'
A trip to any nursery today and you will see dozens and dozens of wildly popular variegated plants!
'Variegated Dog on a Variegated Table'
Now, back to our regular programing.
Wyatt and Tegan