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Botanical Nerd Word: Limbate

Limbate: Bordered, as in a leaf or flower in which one colour forms an edging or margin around another.*

Many variegated plants follow this two-tone pattern. Pictured above are hosta leaves.

*Harris, J.G., Harris, M.W. (2001). Plant identification terminology: An illustrated glossary (2nd ed.). Spring Lake: Spring Lake Publishing.

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