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Jackie French: Growing green for St Patrick's Day

By Jackie French
Updated April 24 2018 - 8:51pm, first published March 7 2017 - 8:43pm

If you are hunting for green flowers for St Patrick's Day (March 17 you are going to have to hunt for them, unless you decide to stick a white daisy or carnation in a cup of green food colouring, and watch the green slowly make its way through the petals. Flowers evolved to be noticed, which is difficult if you are a green flower among green leaves, making a green flower a definite rarity in the flower world. Humans have failed to breed many green blooms for much the same reason.

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