DavidLMO said:I don't think there are any as species - could be wrong. There are over 100 types.
There is one that is apparently a hybrid - a variegated tropical milkweed called Monarch Promise. I know nothing of it.
Some marketing blurb from the company selling it.
DavidLMO said: When I see things like this, I say "Why MUST you screw around with ......" Fill in the blank.
Since the underlying plant is apparently Tropical, it ain't hardy in much of the US so I hope they lose their shirt. As if there are not enough beautiful MW species to plant now. Feh. And I simply cannot imagine growing a MW for foliage (other than for cats!). Wonder what the Monarch Cats think of this?
I can't believe people find this offensive?
Whatever. Opinions differ - one's is worth no more than another's.
I'm going to buy some. By the way there are monarch breeding programs for white butterflies instead of orange, guess they'll match this plant 😉
DavidLMO said:Ah. I had not seen that info. Thanks for posting. A sport. I withdraw any negative comments from above.
Wonder what its seeds produce?
Danita said:I believe that you can get a patent on a plant if the mutation occurs in cultivation but not if it occurs in the wild. Of course, it also has to have characteristics that make it unique but I think those standards may be a bit loose considering how many patented plants of one species can look so similar.
If you had a plant that spontaneously mutated it would not be the same as their plant and would not be protected by the patent. Your plant would likely be different genetically to begin with unless the parent plant was the same cultivar/clone. Even if the original was the same genetically, the chance that the same exact mutation would occur would be exceedingly unlikely. It might look similar but genetically it would differ.