Tuesday, May 28, 2013

More all-white leaves

Yesterday I posted about my Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Tricolor’. At the moment, it has two leaves that are pure white. As rare as all-white leaves are, I have another plant that currently has some: a variegated leopard plant (Farfugium japonicum ‘Argenteum’).

While it throws an all-white leaf once or twice a year, it’s still a special occasion when it happens. I don’t think I’ve ever had two side by side: one leaf is completely white and the other is 98% white.

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Yesterday we had a sprinkle or two—very unusual for late May—and the raindrops added a special touch to the semi-glossy surface of these leathery leaves.

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I’ve professed my love for farfugiums more than once (1 2 3 4 5), and these Japanese natives continue to fascinate me. I hope to add more cultivars as they become more widely available in the U.S.

6 comments:

  1. It is special isn't it whenever they throw out all white leaves? :)

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  2. I haven't seen them so all white before! thanks for sharing

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    1. They're perfect now. Unfortunately, on a white leaf any imperfection--brown spot, etc.--shows so they won't be THIS pristine forever.

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  3. Will those leaves survive?

    Something unsettling about them. Interesting, but unsettling.

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    1. Yes, the leaves survive. They may not last as long as regular leaves but they still live for several months.

      I can see why you find them unsettling. We're just not used to all-white leaves.

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