The old poem “roses are red, violets are blue” can now be recited as “roses are red, roses are blue” thanks to Japanese beverage maker Suntory who has invented the world’s first blue roses.
The company has created the world’s first blue rose with petals that are nearly 100 percent blue pigmented. Looking at the flowers it’s not quite the stand out blue most people would expect to see but it still counts as a blue rose offering.
Here’s the real kicker, the flowers weren’t built over night it took Suntory and Australian partner Florigene 14 years of collaboration to genetically engineer the flower since blue pigments don’t exist naturally in roses.
Blue pigmentation in roses were first seen by company researchers in 2004 when the violas pigment delphinidin was successfully added to the flowers.
The company will continue working to increase the blue coloring in their flowers which they say have “the hue of the dawn sky, with a refined and colorfully refreshing scent.”
The company has dubbed the flowers “Applause” and they plan to put them on sale this coming November in the United States.
A single stem rose in Japan is current 3,7000 yen (approximately $48).
Would you be willing to pay nearly $50 for a single rose?