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Scientists Just Achieved 'Holy Grail' of Plant Breeding

Japanese team engineers the first blue chrysanthemum

(Newser) - A development of "great impact" has been made in the world of flowers—specifically among chrysanthemums, which researchers have just turned a true-blue hue for the first time, per Science . The magazine explains that vibrant blue flowers are hard to find in nature—only a few species exist, and... More »

'Irreplaceable' Rare Flowers Burned Due to Paperwork

Biosecurity officials in Australia destroyed collection from Paris

(Newser) - A priceless and "irreplaceable" collection of pressed flowers from France encountered biosecurity officials in Australia recently—and the National Museum of Natural History in Paris is not happy about what happened next. The box of rare daisies collected in the 1850s—which was being shipped to the Queensland Herbarium... More »

Wet Winter Brings Spring Treat to California Deserts

Wildflowers are back, along with tourists

(Newser) - Rain-fed wildflowers have been sprouting from California's desert sands after lying dormant for years—producing a spectacular display that has drawn record crowds and traffic jams to tiny towns like Borrego Springs. An estimated 150,000 people in the past month have converged on the town of about 3,... More »

Monsanto's New Goal: Wilt-Free Flowers

MIT says it's working on way to make plants 'bloom on command'

(Newser) - Monsanto may be out to conquer a new area of the plant world: commercial flowers. A post at MIT Technology Review explains that the company has applied for a patent on a technique that could make it dramatically easier to sell and ship flowers—by preventing them from wilting. The... More »

Super Hot, Super Dry Death Valley Is in 'Super Bloom'

It's the most wildflowers the desert has seen in more than a decade

(Newser) - Death Valley in California is both the driest place in North American and the hottest place on Earth, according to the National Park Service . And that makes it an even more breathtaking sight when it's covered in a colorful blanket of wildflowers, as it is right now. The San ... More »

Your Valentine's Day Roses Probably Came From Kenya

Flowers are a big business, key export for the nation

(Newser) - This Valentine's Day, there's a good chance your flowers came from Kenya. "I know the flowers are for giving on Valentine's Day," Phanice Cherop, a worker at a flower farm in Kenya, tells the AP . "We do not really do this here in Kenya.... More »

Scientists Coax First Flower to Bloom in Outer Space

A month ago the zero-gravity zinnia plants weren't looking so good

(Newser) - Back in 2014, through a NASA project called Veggie, scientists began to grow plants in space—red romaine lettuce, to be specific. It took two attempts to get it right, though even the setbacks provided valuable data for the scientists back at home. So astronaut Scott Kelly's ability to... More »

One of the Driest Places on Earth Is Covered in Flowers

The Atacama Desert is blooming thanks to record rainfall

(Newser) - One of the driest, harshest landscapes in the world has been transformed into a psychedelic canvas of reds, purples, and greens after record-setting rain. Live Science reports that Chile's Atacama Desert averages just over half an inch of rain a year, with some parts of the desert getting even... More »

After 12 Years Waiting for Corpse Flower's Odor, Nothing

Chicago Botanical Garden's titan arum didn't bloom, emit trademark putrid smell

(Newser) - A crowd of people waited yesterday with bated breath to take in what a floriculturist at the Chicago Botanic Garden described to NBC Chicago as the "decaying, rancid, rotten stench" of one of the venue's most famous specimens. But Spike the corpse flower wasn't feeling particularly malodorous.... More »

World's '1st Flower' Dates Back 130M Years

The oldest known flowering plant, found in Spain, was aquatic

(Newser) - The world's oldest known flower dating back 130 million years is an aquatic species called Montsechia found fossilized in limestone deposits in Spain. But it wouldn't necessarily be recognized as a flower today, given it didn't boast petals or nectar-producing structures. "The fruit contains a single... More »

The Story Behind the 'Mutant Daisies'

Plant deformities or 'fasciation' not uncommon: experts

(Newser) - The Internet is aflutter over two rather bizarre photographs of what appear to be daisies taken near the Fukushima nuclear disaster site in Japan. We say they appear to be daisies because the flowers in Nasushiobara City actually feature multiple stems and mutant centers. While many have claimed the plants... More »

Roses May Soon Smell Much Sweeter

Gene could be reactivated to give scentless roses a sweet smell

(Newser) - Breeding over hundreds of generations has helped roses look better and live longer, but at the expense of their sweet-smelling scent, reports the AP . After all, those buying bouquets don't really care about a flower's ability to attract pollinators. A new study in the journal Science , however, may... More »

Husband Sends Valentine's Flowers, From the Grave

Jim Golay's widow will get flowers every year for the rest of her life

(Newser) - For you guys who can't remember to get flowers on Valentine's Day, well, Jim Golay is making you look extra terrible: As ABC News reports, the man from Casper, Wyo., learned about a year ago that the brain cancer he'd fought for almost two years was inoperable,... More »

Putting a Price on Our Love for Our Pets: $5.28

Survey finds that's what pet owners plan to spend this Valentine's Day

(Newser) - Showering our pets with affection no longer cuts it. A new National Retail Federation survey finds that a "record" 21.2% of Americans plan to buy their pet a Valentine's Day gift. The individual estimated spend isn't huge at an average of $5.28. But all told,... More »

Scientists Slow Aging in Flowers

It could mean longer-lasting bouquets eventually

(Newser) - Japanese scientists seem to have figured out a way to slow down the aging process dramatically, albeit only in flowers. They zeroed in on a gene in a variety of morning glory, shut it off, and, voila, the flower's blooms suddenly had twice the normal lifespan, reports AFP via... More »

UT Fears ... Flower Sabotage

Texas A&M maroon is infiltrating campus' bluebonnets

(Newser) - There's a devious plot afoot, or, as the Houston Chronicle cheekily puts it, "a scandal of potentially epic proportions." The University of Texas in Austin has noticed some maroon bluebonnets popping up in flowerbeds beneath the UT Tower, a place where only traditional bluebonnets (that is, blue... More »

Uh-Oh: You Might Not Get Your V-Day Flowers

Snow ruins florists' big day

(Newser) - A whole lot of East Coast florists are heartbroken today, facing the prospect of a Valentine's Day essentially ruined by yesterday's storm . One Maryland florist tells the Washington Post that the snow has grounded its delivery trucks, and that despite sending 300 orders out early on Wednesday in... More »

Did a Flower Shortage Kill the Woolly Mammoth?

Or did a mammoth shortage kill the flowers?

(Newser) - Scary as they might have looked, woolly mammoths had a decidedly non-threatening diet: They feasted on small flowers, according to a new theory. And the decline of these once-abundant plants, called forbs, may explain the disappearance of the mammoths themselves, NPR reports. Experts had believed woolly mammoths ate grass, but... More »

Supporters Cover Swastikas at Mosque With Flowers

After vandals deface doors, 'quiet majority' speaks up in Sweden

(Newser) - A vandal or vandals defaced the doors of a mosque in Stockholm with swastikas, but the move seems to have backfired. Anonymous members of the community then covered the swastikas with bouquets of flowers and left a note to the Muslim congregation: "For every hate crime there is a... More »

Why You Can Buy This Flower for $5 at Lowe's

How orchids went from being pricey to, well, cheap

(Newser) - An orchid used to be a rare and pricey thing. Not so these days, reports the Wall Street Journal : Orchids have now taken the crown from poinsettias as the No. 1 potted-plant moneymaker in the US, and you can buy them at Lowe's for $5.48. Why the change,... More »

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