Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Variegation is an alteration of color zones from the original leaf, stem or flower color. In my experience it usually appears in the form of the striping of a flower. We see a good deal of it out here in Colorado. It is the result of a virus – systemic and non threatening to the plant.
I planted the deep purple tulip above next to a pale lavender Wild Geranium. When she immerged two seasons later stripped as you see her below, I was disappointed. Then I realized that lavender is simply a mixture of purple and white. Who am I to argue with Nature’s impeccable sense of design?