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Maroon flowers University of Texas: Flower power prank by rival Texas A&M?

Maroon flowers on the University of Texas campus are genetically modified and could only get there with planting. Is this a prank from school rival Texas A&M?
Maroon flowers on the University of Texas campus are genetically modified and could only get there with planting. Is this a prank from school rival Texas A&M?aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu

The maroon flowers seen on the campus of the University of Texas have the look of a prank from their rival Texas A&M. The Bluebonnets, the state’s official flower, surrounds the university’s tower every year, but this year they are sporting a different color. Many have made the assumption that the flowers are a secret contribution from the school’s rival, Texas A&M, according to Fox Sports on April 11.

While no one is taking credit for planting an overwhelming amount of the bluebonnet flower in maroon, they didn’t get there by themselves. These genetically modified flowers are surrounding the grounds around the tower and spreading to the point that maroon is becoming overwhelming. It has the look, feel and definitely the color of an Angie prank, but no one is sure if this is really the case.

The rival between Texas and Texas A&M ended in 2011 when the Angies left the Big 12 behind for the SEC. While it should be over, this century-old rival might not die that quickly. Markus Hogue, program coordinator for irrigation and water conservation at the University of Texas, talked about the spreading of the maroon flowers saying:

"It's definitely going to get worse," "They are going to keep multiplying."

These genetically modified flowers didn’t just pop up all of the sudden, this is something that was planted on purpose, most experts agree. Soon the ground around the tower will be all maroon in lieu of the bluebonnets that traditionally blanket the area. It could be coincidence, but that's a big stretch. Hogue said:

"It is just a weird coincidence that the only place that we have them on campus that we know of is right by the (university) tower.”

Hogue did said he feels that it was A&M who intentionally created the colorful tower grounds with the maroon bluebonnets. He said that seeing the flowers seems to fit the rumor on campus that it was A&M who put the seeds out. According to NewsMax, the social networks are churning with the speculation that Texas A&M is behind the surprise color of this year’s bluebonnets.

Daphine Richards, A Texas A&M horticulturist said that these maroon flowers rarely show up without being intentionally seeded. Does A&M have retaliation to look forward to next year? Maybe some poison ivy on the campus or a couple of loads of cow manure to keep their flowering campus smelling great?