Variegation is a word you often here muttered in the gardening world. But, what is it really? Well, a ‘variegated leaf’ has differently coloured zones on its surface. This colouring can sometimes occur on the stems too. Variegated leaves occur spontaneously in nature, and can sometimes be selected and propagated from. They are extremely sought after and collectable.

During my recent trip to Japan, I was privy to some amazing private collections of unusual plants, many of which included some variegated gems. Some of these examples are super rare, and probably haven’t been seen by western eyes until now.. Enjoy!

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