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Darkkitten
Apr 28, 2014 5:13 AM CST
Hi, I had a Lily last year that had two different coloured flowers growing from the same stem. Could you tell me what's going on with it please?
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Name: Joe
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Joebass
Apr 28, 2014 7:14 AM CST
Wow the whiter one looks like 'hot line' or it also was called 'the edge'. I don't know what's going on though. I've had flowers on the same stem vary slightly in color intensity due to temp when they bloom but never like that. I hope you keep an eye on it this year too.
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LizinElizabeth
Apr 28, 2014 7:43 AM CST
I'm don't know much about lilies other than they're gorgeous but I think your 2 color lily is absolutely beautiful. Do you know its variety? Does either bloom look like it's supposed to? Please post pictures of it this year!
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Name: Tracey
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magnolialover
Apr 28, 2014 10:32 AM CST

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I have experienced similar coloring on 'Hotline'. It responded to cooler temperatures by having more intense color, while an older blossom may also look more faded or possibly not react to cooler temperatures because of blossom age.
Tracey

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Darkkitten
Apr 28, 2014 12:03 PM CST
I'm not sure what verity it is as it was from a mixed bag. All of the other flowers were the same as the pink one. They bloomed around the same time. I'm baffled.
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Leftwood
Apr 28, 2014 7:52 PM CST
I don't think I have ever seen such wide difference in flower shading on the same plant in the same year. Quite spectacular!

Many lilies offer different renditions of color due to their environment, and temperature is likely a major factor, as Magnolialover indicates.

Some lilies (and other flowers, too) are known for their color change as the flower ages. For example, a flower opens pink and fades to white in a few days. This Shibori spirea is a good example:
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All flowers open a deep pink color. As they age, they fade to white. So the white flowers are old, and the deeply colored ones are new.

Perhaps both of these phenomena are working together in your lily, Darkkitten. I don't know if there is any way to tell, unless you observe the blooms in coming years as well.



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dellac
Apr 28, 2014 8:30 PM CST
In this case it is the older flower that has darkened.

I observed something similar in the oriental hybrid Lake Michigan this year, though not as dramatic. It's an upfacing cultivar, a lovely pale shade of pink, but it definitely deepened as the flower aged, and in response to the cold and wet. After rain the anthocyanin pigments bled and deepened.

The older flower looks to me as though it has been rained on, while the newly opened pale one is clean. Would that be the case, Darkkitten? What weather did each flower experience? Did it rain and/or get colder after the second flower? Did it darken at all with age?

The flowers of older pink oriental cultivars especially were notorious for turning 'beetrooty' as they aged. I think this is an example of the same mechanism, but prettier!
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Moby
Apr 29, 2014 6:28 AM CST
Excellent question and pictures, Darkkitten. Glad you've joined us. Welcome!
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Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
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Roosterlorn
Apr 29, 2014 6:57 AM CST
Wow! Got me stumped; never have seen a Hotline color shift like that before, or anything else, really. Can't say it's white fade over a pink base either, can we? It's pretty, though, whatever is happening. It will be very interesting to see what this plant shows this spring. And, welcome to this forum, Darkkitten Welcome!
Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
Apr 29, 2014 6:47 PM CST
Indeed, flower color changing due to age is not confined to fading colors (or deepening colors).
I hope my example didn't give that impression.

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Darkkitten
May 11, 2014 6:48 AM CST
They opened within a day or two of each other. I can't remember if it rained or not but the photograph was taking during all the lovely sun we had last summer. I guess I'll have to keep my eye on it this year and see what it does. Thank you all for your replies.
Name: Michael Norberry
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mnorberry
Jun 6, 2014 11:28 AM CST
Last year my Brasilia looked like your photo except the pink on the solid color was not as bright. I didn't take a photo.

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