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Another Shirley Poppy Variation

The Shirley poppy differs from its wild progenitor in that it has varied from the original red color to a pale pink and even to a pure white; and in particular in having lost the black central portion of the flower that is so characteristic in the wild corn poppy. The true Shirleys are characterized by the entire absence of black-they have not the smallest fleck of it about them. But the mixture of color-factors in their germ plasm is revealed in the striking tendency to variation in unpredictable directions of which this specimen gives a good illustration.

Another Shirley Poppy Variation

This image is from: Luther Burbank: his methods and discoveries and their practical application. Volume 9 Chapter 4