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.



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.



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.


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

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

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

  3. Will those leaves survive?

    Something unsettling about them. Interesting, but unsettling.

    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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