The Q&A Archives: Variegation in plants and flowers

Question: Variegation in plants and flowers - how does this happen, is it a virus?

Answer: In some plants, a virus infection can result in symptoms of ornamental value, such as 'breaking' of tulips or variegation of Abutilon, but most variegation is genetic. The term is cytoplasmic inheritance; plants can have some branches which carry normal green leaves, some branches with variegated leaves (mosaic of green and white patches) and some branches which have all white leaves. Hope this answers your question.

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