Blue roses: do they exist? Plenty of roses have “blue” in their names, including ‘Blue Bajou’, ‘Blue Moon’, and ‘Blue Ribbon’. But to most people’s eyes (including mine), the flowers are a pale, silvery lavender.
Lovely in their own weird way (if Miss Havisham had a wedding bouquet, it would have been faded lavender roses), these so-called blue roses are coolly somber. You cannot imagine them doing anything as exuberant as, say, engulfing an arbor on Nantucket. But how refined and pretty a posy would be in a tarnished silver plate vase:
In Japan, it took Suntory nearly 20 years of research and genetic modification with the pigment delphinidin to bring to market in 2009 its ‘Applause’ blue rose. Working Australia-based biotech firm Florigene, Suntory inserted the same gene in a rose that blue pansies use to synthesize pigment. The result: another pale lavender rose.