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Chameleon plant update

Chameleon plantsA couple of people have asked me recently how my new “Chameleon” plants that I wrote about here are getting on. So I’ve taken a few photographs and here is an update.

Firstly, they weren’t kidding when they said these grow slowly. They have hardly grown at all but appear to have adjusted very happily to their new home.  I’m assuming this of course, only because they haven’t died on me! Actually, they are looking very pretty and have started to sprout some new growth in the last three weeks. As you can see from the photographs – they have lovely white and pink leaves in and amongst the green. It looks very pretty and provides a lovely contrast against all the green ground cover foliage in that bed.

I really love these plants and am expecting them to be really beautiful as they “grow up”. (Their “sister” plants, the standard Trachelospermum Jasminoides, i.e. Star Jasmine, also took a while to settle down after they were first planted, before they started to show any new growth, so it seems these are behaving much as I expected them to).

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Notes on Trachelospermum Jasminoides “Chameleon” (from RHS): Rare Pink and White Variegation; Unique new evergreen Trachelospermum with bright green, white and pink leaves. Makes an unusual ground cover, or stunning, compact climber. Produces masses of fragrant white flowers in the summer, doing best in semi-shade to shade.

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

10 replies on “Chameleon plant update”

Beautiful, and I’d like to see what these leaves do over time. Any time I see an all-white leaf I wonder if it will stay that way or eventually green up. I’d think the plant would want it to green up so it contributes (no green means no chlorophyll, right?)

thats a very good point – i’ll watch and photograph over time. I think they do go green – the plant comes into its own as it grows and has lots of new white and pink ends. At least that is what I am assuming.

This is a really pretty plant. Just like a pretty woman getting dressed for a big event. It takes a lot of time to get so beautiful.

It’s another wonderful rainy Spring day, so I’m taking time to look over the Blogs I follow. Wanted to see what you have been up to. Like Dona above, I have had a “tri color” for a number of years but killed it by accident with Roundup. That will teach me not to use such products on my soils! I do enjoy your postings. I reviewed a number of them since my last visit. Interesting as always. I’ll check in again soon. Jack

Here in Italy we grow something similar: the Trachelospermum asiaticum cv “Tricolor”, that is becoming more and more popular.

This is a beautiful plant! I have the cousin, which took a while to get established. This one is even more beautiful. I haven’t seen it around here; I will have to search!

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