|Bougainvillea - probably 'Orange Ice'|
One of the others does however have a fascinating albino sport - a couple of almost pure white shoots with pale pink tints, really rather beautiful, so I have left them to see if they will flower and what the flowers will be like against the white shoots. Albino leaves contain no chlorophyll and so have no ability to manufacture food materials on their own and so rely on their connection to the rest of the plant. What is surprising is that these white shoots are growing more vigorously than the others in the plant.
|The albino sport in early September|
|The same shoots late October, sadly also chewed by caterpillars!|
|This is the flower on the plant that has sported - could look spectacular against white foliage.|
Some garden plants have very pale leaves, soft yellows and lime greens but seem to have enough chlorophyll to survive. I would love to know whether there is any chlorophyll in these bougainvillea shoots as a plant grown from these would be spectacular. If any reader lives in the area and has propagation facilities, you be welcome to have some cuttings and see if they will survive!