There are two categories of these flowers: Taiwan harlequins and painted harlequins. Taiwan types have spots. They can have little spots or big blotches. These may cover just a portion of the flower, or most of the bloom. Spots may appear in a random pattern, or seem to follow a structured design.
Painted harlequins have a marbled pattern, like an artist has splashed paint from the center of the flower towards the edges. In both painted and Taiwan types, variations in light, temps, water, or fertilizer can affect the patterns. Therefore, the blooms may vary from year to year as growing conditions change. It’s just part of their clownish nature.
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