Perhaps the rarest and most unusual mutations are in tropical houseplants, which have come to express this in variegata. View variegated plants here for both beginners with easy care, and variegata plants for the advanced plant lover. Our range of extremely rare variegated plants is regularly supplemented.
Variegata is a distinctive feature of certain tropical
plants. This may have arisen due to a mutation in the DNA. That mutation then causes
a change in the chloroplasts in the plant, resulting in some areas of the leaves having lighter colors. Chloroplasts
are responsible for a plant's photosynthesis and also contribute to the
sturdiness of the plant cell. Plants with variegata are often less efficient
in converting solar energy into nourishment for the plant itself. This makes the
plant somewhat more vulnerable in various ways compared to the green version.
Why do people like variegata plants?
Variegata plants may not always be the easiest to care for,
but their leaves often display breathtaking
patterns and shapes. Since the colors in the leaves are nearly always unique in a
variegata plant, the plant is often of high decorative value to the owner.
Moreover, it's also exciting to anticipate the patterns that will appear
on the next unfolding leaf.
Some well-known plants with variegata include
Monstera deliciosa variegata, Monstera Thai Constellation, but there are also
many Philodendrons and Epipremnums with variegata. Some variegata plants have only recently been discovered, making them exceptionally expensive.