Alberto Castillo
Tue, 04 Mar 2003 07:28:24 PST
Dear Jim:
         Always great to know of you. Yes, variegation is harmless and there 
are not known cases of their spread to other plants, being mostly genetic. 
There is range of fantastic variegated plants. There are however forms of 
variegation caused by virus in Abutilon, Aucuba, Ampelopsis, Chlorophytum 
that are not contagious to other plants even in their own genera. I had a 
however a severe virus case in Aspidistra elatior 'Variegata' the symptoms 
being masked by the plant's variegation.


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