The favorite color of most people, however hardly common among animals and plants. It is very difficult to produce artificially. Consequently, scientists are eagerly working on creating new blue pigments.
Part 2: The Impossible Flower
Since romanticism the blue flower has been a symbol for longing and the unreachable. No matter what has been tried, the perfect blue flower is still far away.
The first blue rose was introduced to the public by the Japanese researcher Yoshikazu Tanaka and his staff in 2004. The only problem: it wasn’t that blue. Although its flower petals produced a blue pigment, the rose itself appeared purple. Tanaka himself admitted that the rose could have been “more blue”.
Still searching for the blue rose Tanaka now is working in the research lab of the beverage company called Suntory, also Japan’s first whiskey distillery. The tax increase in the 1980s caused the company to enter the flower market. Company legend has it that the English Rose of Suntory should have had the Scottish national color blue to celebrate the invention of whiskey.
It turned out to be a smart marketing idea for there are hardly any blue flowers besides artificially ones like blue orchids. Chrysanthemums, carnations, tulips - none of them naturally come in blue. The same is true for blue orchids, which have usually been artificially dyed. Roses are only common in various shades of yellow, pink and red.