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Monday - March 15, 2004

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Wildflowers
Title: White Bluebonnets
Answered by: Stephen Brueggerhoff

QUESTION:

Are white Bluebonnets rare?

ANSWER:

The variance in genetics, coupled with environmental factors, allows for the occasional possibility of a variety of flower color, including white and pink bluebonnets. Seeds from white bluebonnets often produce a higher than usual percentage of white offspring, but their genetic variance still allows for the continued production of the standard blue colored bluebonnet. Read more about it from an interesting article published by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System:Bluebonnet Story.

 

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