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Variegated Sage Picture Gallery

Variegated leaf plants catch the eye. Sages with variegated foliage are easy to love, because of the drama and fascination they add to almost any garden.

Variegation occurs when pigmentation of leaves is uneven or when green pigment is masked by the red and purple pigments of anthocyanins. White patches indicate absence of pigment. Heavily variegated plants grow more slowly than ones with plenty of green pigment, because they have less chloroplasts for photosynthesis -- the process of converting sunlight to energy.

FBTS offers a number of variegated Sages with mottling in shades of green, cream, gold and white. The variegation ranges from subtle combinations of green to deep green leaves edged in crisp white. For a comprehensive discussion of variegation in plants, see this article in Wikipedia.