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Mysterious White Sunflower Seeds

antwerp, Belgium


I'm growing several varieties of sunflowers in my balcony simultaniously (its quite the jungle in there) and hand pollinated different kinds to see what the next generation would bring. I recently noticed one of the sunflowers is producing seeds that are completely white. They are plump and almost fully mature (many completely mature even) and yet they retain a surprisingly white color.

I am curious to what will happen with these seeds. Are they genetic defects? What caused this color? Any information would be nice. I searched the internet and found no information.

Many thanks in advance!

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Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

There are a few sunflower varieties that naturally produce white seeds. You plant is not a mutant. The white seeds are generally used in the production of sunflower oil.

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