Purple Verbenas

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HAVING now read for the first time the letters in NATURE regarding the preference that sparrows show for the yellow crocus, it might perhaps help to elucidate the problem were it known that the choice of colour is not only confined to birds, as a few years ago our garden was infested by rabbits and there was a row of eight beds planted in turn, with white, red, and purple verbenas. The flowers of the red and white were eaten close off, whilst those of the purple were never touched. This happened three years running, since which, the garden, being protected by wire netting, has remained undamaged.

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DARBY, A. Purple Verbenas. Nature 16, 163 (1877) doi:10.1038/016163c0

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