I had been growing Syneilesis palmate 'Kikko' in a less than perfect spot. It didn't die but it didn't take off either. So last fall I dug it out, divided it and put it in two different locations to see where it really wanted to live. The spot with the perfect soil conditions turned out to be too sunny, making it flop midday. So I took that piece and added it to its other half in a shadier location. Then I put some pieces of Christmas fern in the bare spot where it had originally been growing last summer.
Imagine my surprise when I checked on the ferns to discover that Kikko left a lot of progeny behind and they all decided to make an appearance — now! They're weeks behind the original plants. And the fact these babies showed up in force in the very first spot I put the parent plant suggests my efforts at finding the perfect home were a waste of time. Since I can do a side by side comparison of new and older leaves, I also now know for sure that the striking variegation is only on the new growth and fades as the plant matures during the season.