The Reason for Pink in plant leaves.

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  1. ninjaassassin

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    I have two different types of plants and they both have pink in their leaves. I also have red and orange leaved plants. I believe the pink and green ones are colleese or something.

    Anyway I was wondering if anyone knew why there is pink and red in the leaves. I though chlorophyl was green and it coloured the leaves.

    I hope someone can help :)
     
  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    The pink is anthocyanin, which probably performs a range of functions in leaves, including antioxidant properties, thermoregulation, and possibly also herbivore discouragement and ultraviolet protection.

    A lot of cultivated plants are selected for high anthocyanin production, because plants with pink and purple leaves are popular and sell well.
     
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    Thank you so much. :-)
     

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