Same Plant, Two Colors

The pink Coral Vine (Antigonon leptopus) has been growing in my yard for years and spent it’s its time at the top of the Weeping Bottle Brush that was killed by the 2021 freeze. This year it is rambling all over the place. The vine is also called Mexican Creeper and is a magnet for bees and hummingbirds.

I am sure it has reseeded over the years, but this year two plants that germinated no more than six feet away had white blooms. It was quite a surprise, but the flowers are very pretty and didn’t make any difference to the pollinators.

15 Comments on “Same Plant, Two Colors”

  1. Cool, I have never seen a white one..

  2. Tina says:

    Wow–so cool! I’ve seen the white form of the vine, but I’ve never had the two-fer. Mine are just about done blooming as the sun’s angle has changed a bit and it is cooler, at least on some days. Nice catch!

  3. IMHO the white blossoms are prettier because you can see the yellow stamens better. Thanks for sharing.

  4. tonytomeo says:

    Perennial pea sometimes does that with the same sort of ‘original’ color and white. Insects see infrared and ultraviolet color, so may see more in white than we can.

  5. Eliza Waters says:

    The bees must have cross pollinated yours for you!

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  7. Cathy says:

    Intriguing that the seedlings were a different colour. Maybe a pollinator visited one in a nearby garden and then yours…. They are both really pretty. 😃

  8. shoreacres says:

    Over the years, I kept finding white variants among the wildflowers, and finally did a little research. It seems that pink and blue/lavender flowers most often produce white sports — just as this one did. Pretty!

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