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This plant started three new growth after its first bloom in early 2020. I was hoping that all three will come into bloom together, but they decided to go their own way. One dark flower last month, strangely pale flower this month, and there is a fuzzy bud for September. 🤷🏻‍♂️
 

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Interesting color differences.

There’s a theory that the night temperatures affect anthocyanin deposition rates. Cooler nights allow more color to infuse it. I also think the longer night lengths of winter contributes to it.
 

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Interesting color differences.

There’s a theory that the night temperatures affect anthocyanin deposition rates. Cooler nights allow more color to infuse it. I also think the longer night lengths of winter contributes to it.
hmmm I've never heard that day/night length differential affects flower colors. For those plant species where the red tone does change, it is the light intensity and the cool temperature during the bud development that are responsible for biochemistry behind the color change. My place is cooled with AC in the summer so I do not think it has anything to do with temperature for this particular case.
Also, my other Magic Lantern that has dark pink flowers, it usually blooms around summer. Always dark. It bloomed in the dead of winter once. Same dark color.
 
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Salvia 'Hot Lips' is a striking example of a plant for which the difference between day and night temperatures seems to play an important role in colouring of the flower. When nights are warm Hot Lips develops flowers that are all fully red. When nights get cooler the newly formed buds turn out to be half white, half red.
 
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