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Albescent

Turning white with age. Cultivars have yellow, yellowish green, or green areas that turn to near white.

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Lutescent

Turning yellow with age. Cultivars emerge green or chartreuse and turn to yellow or whitish yellow.

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Petiole

 Slender stem that extends from the crown to the base of the leaf 

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Scape

This is the leafless flower stalk.

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Stoleniferious

Characterized by shoots spreading out horizontally underground before rising above the soil level, at
which point a new plant will arise.   

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Streaking

A form of varigation that produces irregular patterns of white and yellow throughout the leaf.

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Undulate

Wavy, either the leaf margin or the entire leaf is wavy.

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Viridescent

Turning green with age. Cultivars emerge with white or yellow leaf colors that ultimately become increasingly green.

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Amy S. Cichocki
Created: July 26, 2000