My crape myrtles (Lagerstroemia indica) have begun blooming over the last couple of days and one of the newer dwarf ones which I planted the summer before last when my parents moved into this house had a little surprise for me last morning. Its regular flower color is a deep pink - and that was the color of most of the first couple of blossoms that had already opened - but one little branch near the base of the plant had produced a light purple flower!
Flowers of the "regular" kind
The "odd" purple flower
Maybe there had actually been a second plant in the pot? Could the plant have been grafted and the purple-flowered branch a sucker from the rootstock? Or is it a random mutation? In any case, I think both colors are lovely and I hope that the purple-flowered part of the bush develops as well as the rest of it has.