Friday, August 08, 2008
The Many Faces Of Cleopatra
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
Saturday, July 26, 2008
The Diva Cleopatra
Canna 'Cleopatra' continues to amaze.
Each flower on Cleopatra can be different.
Monday, October 01, 2007
An Especially Lovely Cleopatra Flower
Canna 'Cleopatra' with an eyecatching mutant red flower.
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Cleopatra's Seed Pods
Canna 'Cleopatra' has random red streaks on the seed pods, too.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
More Cleopatra Pictures
Canna 'Cleopatra' flowers
C. 'Cleopatra' has variably marked flowers
C. 'Cleopatra' with red streaks
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
These are the first blooms of Cleopatra. They are lovely bright yellow with red spots.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
State of Confusion
Canna 'Cleopatra' buds
The buds of Cleopatra are randomly colored green, purple or both.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
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.