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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Feb 1, 2015 5:42 PM CST
A friend sent me this photo last year of a sunflower head with purple seeds. She said the others grown had normal black and white seeds, and the pollen parts had fallen off indicating the seeds were mature, as they were planted this year and grew, though no offspring had the purple seeds.
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Feb 1, 2015 5:43 PM CST
I've never seen anything like that. Interesting.
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Feb 19, 2015 2:47 PM CST
I know it's bizzarre and I can't find an answer anywhere online about it.
Name: Heidi
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HeidiOregon
Feb 19, 2015 10:16 PM CST
Hope this answers your question?
https://rachieadventures.wordp...

She mentions later on in response what variety they were... Burpee "Summer Evening".
Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
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keithp2012
Feb 19, 2015 11:01 PM CST
HeidiOregon said:Hope this answers your question?
https://rachieadventures.wordp...

She mentions later on in response what variety they were... Burpee "Summer Evening".


I never came across that, but that does answer my question!
Name: Heidi
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HeidiOregon
Feb 20, 2015 2:19 AM CST
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Adrianweightman
Jul 11, 2017 10:06 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. Never heard of such a thing until I pulled these off 2 twelve footers .
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Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
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keithp2012
Jul 11, 2017 11:50 PM CST
Adrianweightman said: I tip my hat to you. Never heard of such a thing until I pulled these off 2 twelve footers .
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Are they just underdeveloped seeds?
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Adrianweightman
Jul 13, 2017 11:31 PM CST
Not at all . these are fully ripened . and beautiful . they actually stained my fingers purple . Hurray!
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Australis
Jul 14, 2017 5:16 AM CST

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It will be interesting to see if this trait continues with the next generation, or whether it's just a once-off. Please let us know!
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Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: United States of America Winter Sowing Plays in the sandbox Birds Native Plants and Wildflowers Tomato Heads
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keithp2012
Jul 15, 2017 10:00 AM CST
Australis said:It will be interesting to see if this trait continues with the next generation, or whether it's just a once-off. Please let us know!


I'm growing some now, I'll also let you know when they go to seed

Bennett02
Aug 24, 2017 4:25 PM CST
Went out to look at my seeds to see if there ready for harvest and there all a dark purple i have all signs that there matured but there purple .. cant find any answers anywhere as to why they turn purple i understand they grow into cool looking sunflowers but still would like to know why they go purple and they stain your hands dark purple are they still ok to eat lol

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