I began with the spotted kind, but, not loving variegation in any form, I went to a good nursery, where I picked out a number of green forms, which differed so much in leaf that I had the greatest pleasure in using them.
There are several varieties-a drooping kind, which is one of the best of all pendulous trees, and a variegated-leaved kind, which is not satisfactory, as the variegation is seldom good.
The variegated leaved form of the common Comfrey (S. officinale) has striking variegation, effective in a garden of hardy flowers, and thriving in any soil.
There is also a variety in which golden or striped leaves mingle with the green ones in a pretty way, but this variegation is apt to disappear.
People who love variegation were delighted with this for years, and it took long to find out the really good things under this name.
Reed Grass (Spartina Polystachya) - This tall grass is very graceful, with yellowish variegation and of tall habit.
The last is not very ornamental, as the variegation is seldom distinct.
As with so many other plants, variegation is a disease.
- A, Triton variegation, to show the proboscis or buccal introvert (e) in a state of eversion.
The breeder bulbs and their offsets may grow on for years producing only self-coloured flowers, but after a time, which is varied and indefinite, some of the progeny "break," that is, produce flowers with the variegation which is so much prized.