The Burbank Blue Poppy Contrasted With White Ones
Perhaps the most spectacular of Mr. Burbank's achievements in connection with the modification of the Shirley poppy was the production of a blue variety. Blue is a color so deeply submerged in the heredity of the poppy that it seemed almost impossible to restore it. But by a long series of selections, beginning with a flower that showed a trace of smokiness, Mr. Burbank finally produced the variety here shown, a flower having rare distinction.
This image is from: Luther Burbank: his methods and discoveries and their practical application. Volume 9 Chapter 4