When Stripey Plants Go Bland

Ever buy some fancy variegated plant only to have it revert back to green? Me, too.

But here’s the deal, I kind of like plucking out the reverted portions. It’s really all you can do. I see it often with Lysimachia ‘Alexander’, it begins coming in green, getting bigger and badder than poor ol’ Alex. I enjoy pulling out the green portions. I find the plucking to be oddly satisfying, like peeling the skin after a nasty sunburn or popping off a scab or pulling off split ends! I could go on all day, but I bet you want me to stop.

Make sure you pull out as much of the root as possible, and by that I mean the reverted portions, not your split ends.

Here some Phalaris ‘Feesey’s Form’ is reverting to an even more heinous version of Phalaris, just when I thought it wasn’t possible.

I’ll be in the forum, either that’s where you can tell me I’m disgusting or where you can list off more grossly similar activities.

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About Amanda Thomsen

Big, loud and fun- Amanda Thomsen landscapes by day and blogs at night. Her blog, Kiss My Aster, on Horticulture magazine's website has alienated/enraptured dozens. She co-authors a blog called Plants That Suck that is about plants that suck. And she is the less popular half of the podcasting team, Good Enough Gardening, which makes her feel like the "Roy" of of Siegfried and Roy, but without the mauling. She lives in Chicago and does not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.

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