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Blue roses coming to the U.S. this fall

by webdev

September 14, 2011

The world's first blue rose will be available in the U.S. and Canada this year, after 20 years of being genetically altered by a Japanese company and its Australian subsidiary, Wired Science reports.

Scientists researched ways to make the rose synthesize delphindin, a pigment found in most blue flowers. After releasing the flower in Tokyo in 2009, the development company, Suntory, announced that the rose will be for sale at select florists in North America.

The rose is named "Applause," and is more a silvery-purple than a sky blue. It is the closest that a rose has ever come to blooming blue without being dyed.

Blue roses have a mythic quality because they were impossible to grow, until now, the news source reports. They grow naturally in shades of white, pink, red and yellow, but do not have the natural ability to produce pigments of blue. Still, blue roses have represented unrequited love and the quest for the impossible for centuries.

For a more uplifting gift, send roses online to a friend or loved one. Rose bouquets are a perfect way to show love, affection or simply tell someone that you are thinking of them.

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