Six Petals Yachiyo Blue

This is a Japanese chimera with a single blue and white stripe and plan green foliage. It is unusual to see 6 petals since African Violets have 5 petals. It is even more unusual to see all the petals so well balanced. Why is it rare?

African violets are dicotyledons (two cotyledons when the plant emerges from its seed). Dicotyledons produce flower parts (petals) in multiples of five. Monocotyledons (grasses and tulips for example), produce flower parts in three or multiples of three. Count the petals of a tulip and you will see.
So the day I started building this web site is the day I saw this flower blooming. I took a picture of it and incorporated it into the site.

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