Flowers are on trial at the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Centers in Colby and Hays, Kansas.
Kansas is a big state, with varied climate and growing conditions. Western Kansas is unique with its hot days, lack of rain, and high elevation. Those factors create conditions where flowers store more sugars in their petals. That results in deeper, darker, richer, and more vibrant colors according to a recent blog post by Dr. Stevens for the Leavenworth Times.