Searching for a Blue Rose - Knowledgebase Question

Pleasanton, CA
Question by janist
June 21, 1999
I've heard there is a blue-flowered rose, but have not been able to find it. Is there such a thing?


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Answer from NGA
June 21, 1999

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The search for a truly blue rose continues. How serious is this search? I've heard many tales (some which may actually be true!) about efforts to create a blue rose. For example, I've heard one story about scientists attempting to change the DNA of roses in order to create, for lack of a better term, blueness.

No true blue rose exists, but many lavender roses have been introduced (Sterling Silver and Blue Girl). The reason that a 'true blue' rose may never be produced is that the blue pigment (delphinidin) is not naturally present in roses.

I've had people tell me that they have seen blue (and black) roses, but alas, like Sasquatch (big, furry creatures living in the Pacific Northwest), evidence seems to be in short supply.

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