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Update: And it’s goodbye to Aggie-maroon bluebonnets at UT

Posted April 15th, 2014

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Attention, Longhorns: Your long maroon nightmare is over, it seems. Those crimson-hued bluebonnets that appeared in front of the University of Texas Tower are getting plucked, the Associated Press reports.

The blooms are to be removed from the Texas campus at a date not yet released. The Houston Chronicle quotes UT official Markus Hogue on the un-planting plans, shrouded to maintain secrecy:

“We anticipate soon,” Hogue said Wednesday. “We’re trying to make it as discrete as possible, and we’re trying to capture the seeds. Next year, we’re going to pull any maroon bluebonnet as soon as we see it.”

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The maroon color of the flowers, which does occur naturally but is a recessive trait, led some to believe that their sudden preponderence in UT’s flowerbeds was the work of Texas A&M-aligned saboteurs. Aggie researchers have developed their own maroon specimen, leading Hogue to suspect floral foul play. According to the AP, the variant strain is actually called Alamo Fire.

No one has claimed responsibility for the off-color intrusion.

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