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Gatineau QC Canada
Katonical
May 19, 2020 5:41 PM CST
I always have purple pansies invading my front lawn, but this year I found a white one. I actually like them and used some in my flower garden.

But is this white one a product of recessive genes? I don't know flower genetics, but would white be regressing genetically? Should I remove or move the white ones away from the purple?

Thank you :)
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DaisyI
May 19, 2020 7:55 PM CST
White isn't necessarily a recessive color, otherwise there wouldn't be any white face Angus. Smiling

It just means there is some white somewhere in the pansy ancestry or it could be a genetic blip. I don't know if you are going to have future white pansies but I wouldn't worry about it unless you are set on having only purple. If that's the case, you should pull the white one before it adds to the genetic pool.
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Gatineau QC Canada
Katonical
May 19, 2020 8:16 PM CST
Thanks so much your response! Ok i'll see how many white ones I find (they are only starting to bud flowers) and i'll plant them somewhere else to start a white pansy patch (hopefully).

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