Spontaneous mutation?

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  1. Nik

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    Here is a baby rosette on one of my Sempervivums that appears to be variegated. I wonder if I should separate it now or wait and see what happens..
     

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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Intersting. I don't really know about Sempervivum, but I would think it can be separated whenever it can survive on its own. It will be fun to see if it produces new offsets with that variegation. It has a rather nice bright appearance. Maybe a new cultivar!
     
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    Hi @Eric La Fountaine , I decided to leave it attached for the time being. It will be interesting to see how it looks midwinter, because this variety turns vivid dark red at that time of year.
    I am attaching a better picture without morning condensation. I think there is a slight hint of variegation on the leaf of the ‘mother’ rosette, which is closest to it (11 o’clock on the ‘baby’).
     

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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    It certainly is very attractive.
     
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    The mother plant and the separated variegated baby in spring. I hope the baby does not just flower and then die.
     

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    The separated variegated rosette produced babies on its own this summer and they are all also variegated. To a different degree, the two with pinkish tint upfront the most. Very small though, the mother is only about 4 cm across. Last is a picture of their non-variegated cousins.
     

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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    They look much larger than that in the photos.
    Very nice!
     

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