Variegation in plants and flowers - Knowledgebase Question

Toledo, OH
Question by lmdixie
December 20, 2005
Variegation in plants and flowers - how does this happen, is it a virus?

Answer from NGA
December 20, 2005


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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