Blue over at If Only, If Only I'd . . . has spotted that a Japanese Whisky company has created Blue Roses. It took them 14 years to make and Suntory Ltd (more famous as the distiller of the Yamazaki brand of whisky) is already growing test batches of the new blooms in the USA and anticipates big sales and premium prices when they launch them next year in Japan.
Blue roses are such a rare commodity because no blue pigment naturally exists in roses, which means serious genetic modification had to happen even to get this pretty shade of purple. They were able to create the flower's distinctive colour by identifying the gene that leads to the synthesis of the blue pigment Delphinidin in pansies and irises, and transplanting that into a rose.
There is a blue rose that has been around for a while called Blue Moon which was propagated naturally – however it is more a soft lilac than a true blue.
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