Did you know that blue is the rarest flower color?
Only around 10% of plants around the world have blue flowers. Part of the reason is that there isn’t really a true blue colour in nature leaving plants to perform tricks with the light to appear blue. Flowers that appear to be blue are actually arrangements of violet or purple.
Plants achieved blue by mixing naturally occurring pigments, just like artists would mix colours and by combining this alteration with reflected light, they can create some truely beautiful flower tones for blooms like hydrangea, delphinums, bluebells, hydrangeas, morning glory, sea holly and cornflowers.
Red plant pigments in flowers, known as anthocyanins, are modified by the plant through a biochemical processes that bring on the blue look in flowers to enhance their appeal to pollinators encouraging them to eat the fruit or pollen produced and distribute the seeds.
Blue is and always will be a favourite colour to many, perhaps because of its true rarity or calming feel but either way “The sun is up, the sky is blue; It’s beautiful, and so are you.” - John Lennon
- Skye x