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Friday, August 08, 2008

The Many Faces Of Cleopatra

Canna 'Cleopatra' with purple streaks on foliage
Canna 'Cleopatra' with purple streaks on foliage

Cleopatra is a chimera. This is a genetic condition that causes the plant to have variable flowers and foliage. Stalks with all green leaves produce yellow flowers with red dots. If the leaves have purple streaks, then the flowers will have more red in them. Look at the buds. Usually the yellow buds produce mostly yellow flowers and the red buds produce mostly red flowers. Every flower can be different, even on the same stalk.

Canna 'Cleopatra' with petal divided - half red and half yellow
Canna 'Cleopatra' with petal divided - half red and half yellow

Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Diva Cleopatra

Canna 'Cleopatra' continues to amaze.
Canna 'Cleopatra' continues to amaze.
Each flower on Cleopatra can be different.
Each flower on Cleopatra can be different.

Monday, October 01, 2007

An Especially Lovely Cleopatra Flower

Canna 'Cleopatra' with a lovely mutant red flower.
Canna 'Cleopatra' with an eyecatching mutant red flower.

Posted by Dawn Hill at 11:18 PM
Categories: C. 'Cleopatra', Flowers
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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Cleopatra's Seed Pods

Canna 'Cleopatra' has random red streaks on the seed pods, too.
Canna 'Cleopatra' has random red streaks on the seed pods, too.

Posted by Dawn Hill at 10:25 PM
Categories: C. 'Cleopatra', Seed Pods
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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

More Cleopatra Pictures

Canna 'Cleopatra' flowers
Canna 'Cleopatra' flowers

C. 'Cleopatra' has variably marked flowers
C. 'Cleopatra' has variably marked flowers

C. 'Cleopatra' with red streaks
C. 'Cleopatra' with red streaks

Posted by Dawn Hill at 10:16 PM
Categories: C. 'Cleopatra', Flowers
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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Cleopatra Blooms!

Canna 'Cleopatra'
Canna 'Cleopatra'

These are the first blooms of Cleopatra. They are lovely bright yellow with red spots.

Posted by Dawn Hill at 9:54 PM
Categories: Buds, C. 'Cleopatra', Flowers
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Saturday, August 11, 2007

State of Confusion

Canna 'Cleopatra' buds
Canna 'Cleopatra' buds

The buds of Cleopatra are randomly colored green, purple or both.

Posted by Dawn Hill at 9:51 PM
Categories: Buds, C. 'Cleopatra'
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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Chocolate Stripes

Canna 'Cleopatra' foliage with characteristic brown stripes
Canna 'Cleopatra' foliage with characteristic brown stripes

Cleopatra is a chimera. That means that there are two different sets of genes within the plant tissue that cause the striped leaves and harlequin flowers. Lovely brown and green leaves are a predictor for lovely yellow and red flowers.

Cleopatra is unstable, so that no two flowers may look alike. Completely green shoots will create solid yellow flowers. Brown shoots will have all red flowers.

Posted by Dawn Hill at 9:48 PM
Categories: C. 'Cleopatra', Foliage
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