Re: blue anthuriums
- Subject: Re: blue anthuriums
- From: Hannon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2011 22:16:17 -0800
I would not say truly blue flowers are generally "rare" but a majority of horticulturally well-known, conspicuous groups seem to lack them entirely, such as roses, begonias, day lilies, zinnias, cannas, etc. I think this heightens the impression that blue is a scarce pigment in flowers.
I'll add a few more that strike me as uber blue: Meconopsis betonicifolia, Anagallis monelli, Clitoria ternatea, Ceratostigma, Cynoglossum, Zephyra. Maybe Hydrangea, too?
On 17 November 2011 20:25, Peter Boyce <email@example.com>
There are truly blue species in the Campanulaceae, and of course the many gentians are also truly blue; other familes are spiderwort family (Commelinaceae), and the extraordinary genus Tecophilia. Even the orchids manage it with the lieks of Herschelia graminifolia and at least two Thelymitra (T. ixioides & T. macrophylla).
PeterHerschelia graminifoliaHerschelia graminifolia
Also, it is important to note that "true blue" is rare throughout the plant kingdom. There are a few taxa with genuinely blue flowers, but the majority of "blue" flowers have more or less purplish or lavender color to them. Blue pansies, blue cornflowers, and blue asters come to mind.
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2011 00:28:24 -0500
From: Corey W <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Blue Anthuriums
To: Discussion of aroids <email@example.com>
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Jude - I don't doubt that there might be some real blues (or getting close
to it!) given some of the deep purples I've seen the varieties have, but I
think if you saw them in person you'd realize these were not giving some
orchid breeder out there the hybridizer happy dance. It looks off, like the
flowers were painted with watercolor or something! It was more glaring due
to the "natural" untreated hybrids right next to them.
Susan- thanks for the info on the company. Interesting that the treatment
lasts so long! I agree, ick no matter the flower :( also kind of feels
like cheating? I want some yellow micro sinningias (gesneriads), but I
don't want to treat them to get it. I'd rather do the happy hybridizer
dance after a long time trying to mix and mold genetics that may not want
to play my game.
On Nov 15, 2011 12:16 AM, "Susan B" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Yes, this is the same proprietary treatment that makes the blue orchids.
> Supposedly it is a little more than the old "put the white carnation in the
> food dye" trick. From what I understand the first flowers on the orchid
> are dark blue, the next set lighter- the next lighter yet. They eventually
> get back to white but it takes a while-
> Rijinplants I think is the name of the company, they licensed the
> treatment and are making the blue and also yellow anthuriums.
> Still, ick.
> *From:* Marek Argent <email@example.com>
> *To:* Discussion of aroids <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> *Sent:* Sunday, November 13, 2011 7:41 AM
> *Subject:* Re: [Aroid-l] Blue Anthuriums
> Dear Susan,
> These are white, green or pink Anthuriums watered with a pigment, the
> same they do to the blue roses, Dendranthemas and other pot plants. The
> colour lasts until the spathes wither, at home when it blooms again, you
> will see the real colour.
> So far nobody has done an aroid that blooms blue, although some species of
> Amorphophallus have pretty blue berries.
> ----- Original Message -----
> *From:* Susan B <email@example.com>
> *To:* Aroid L <Aroidfirstname.lastname@example.org>
> *Sent:* Saturday, November 12, 2011 1:25 AM
> *Subject:* [Aroid-l] Blue Anthuriums
> Now they're going too far! ugh.
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