Plant Database forum: Flower color designation

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Mar 16, 2016 12:02 PM CST
I am always somewhat confused when a plant can have different colors, particularly when dealing with the generic entry. Is it proper to check all potential colors, or does one check the multi-color option? In my mind, multi-color means the flower itself has more than one color, but I could be mis-interpreting this. And, since I am likely to not remember the correct answer in future entries, would it be possible to clarify this in the database template?
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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Mar 16, 2016 12:31 PM CST

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Yes, you're right: Multi-color does mean that the flower itself has more than one color. All of the potential colors should be checked only when plants produce blooms of completely different colors. In most cases, these are the generic entries. Freesias, for example, can be white, yellow, red, lavender, pink, etc.

The best way to remember the rule is to put yourself in the shoes of the database user. Many people make the mistake of checking each color represented in a multi-colored bloom, checking yellow, white, and red, for instance, if a white bloom has a thin red edge and a yellow center. This should be avoided because a databaase user searching by characteristics for red blooms will not want the results to include flowers that are predominantly white and yellow.

Unfortunately, clarifications in the database template are often ignored. The plant height and width data fields, for instance, ask the contributor to spell out "feet" and "inches" instead of using quotation marks, but many data proposals still use single quotes for feet and double quotes for inches or use abbreviations of feet and inches. Plants defined as "Alpine Gardening" plants in the "Suitable locations" field of the data proposal often don't meet the definition provided in the template clarification.
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Herbs Dragonflies Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry
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Bonehead
Mar 16, 2016 12:44 PM CST
Thanks, I'll try to remember. I did look at a blank plant detail screen, though, and did not see where the height and width fields have any instructions re spelling out feet and inches. There does seem to be plenty of room in the left column to clarify how information should be entered, and it seems to me that if it was up front and center, the chances of correct entries (and I assume less work for the admins) would increase. ?
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Mar 16, 2016 1:33 PM CST

Plants Admin

You currently have to hover over the fields to see clarifications, so it probably isn't as efficient as it should be.
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Mar 16, 2016 1:46 PM CST
Well, with the upcoming new changes, I'll just wait and see how things unfold.
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