As I was approaching my plant stands I noticed one of the newly opened Shimai blooms looked different. Sure enough! The green stripe had a purple overlay on it. From a distance it almost looked blackish purple. What was so odd was on the bloom stalk the bloom that was staring to fade was the traditional Shimai bloom. It just so happen another stalk was about to bloom. Over the next week the same pattern unfolded. First a standard Shimai bloom then the darker strip bloom. Could be just a fluke but I have a 3rd stalk that is ready to bloom. Let’s see what happens. I apologize for the quality of the below image but its purpose is to illustrate what I just described.