Violets are Blue, Now Roses are Too

Posted on February 5, 2008

Recently we reported on rainbow colored roses from the Netherlands, that were causing quite a craze in Tokyo, Japan. The craze has apparently not worn off, as one Japanese company has developed something quite new and original.

Suntory Ltd., who also produces alcohol, created the world’s first genetically modified Blue roses, which they will begin to sell next year.


“As its price may be a bit high, we are targeting demand for luxurious cut flowers, such as for gifts,” he said. The exact price and commercial name for the blue rose have not been decided.

They created the flowers by implanting the gene that leads to the synthesis of the blue pigment Delphinidin in pansies. The pigment does not exist naturally in roses.

Aki Nakimura

Aki Nakimura

Aki Nakimura, from Tachikawa, Japan, spends much of his time in Tokyo working for a small book shop in Shinjiku. It could be his interest in news or his lack of work ethic but he spends a lot of time reading various newspapers and magazines at work. He is nice enough to share and publish articles that he finds weird enough to pass on.
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16 thoughts on “Violets are Blue, Now Roses are Too

    1. Ralph

      Put a little blue dye in a glass and a white rose freshly picked with a good long stem and wait a day or two. You will have a beautifully colored rose. The deeper the blue coloring the better blue rose you will get and you can use non toxic food coloring so then you can eat the roses as long as they weren’t a poisonous type in the first place.

  1. Robert

    “Ok! So they went after blue and they got purple. Somebody should really let them know…

    This is Japan, where even the green traffic signals are blue..


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