Mar. 1, 2017

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Here is a normal white New Jersey tea.  One reason color variations are not too important botanically is that they are not a reliable trait for identification.  As soon as you publish a key using color to differentiate species, someone like me is going to come up with a exception.  Wildflower books do often use color for identification.  But there too it leads to many moments of frustration.  What color is a dame's rocket, or a blue phlox?