Many pink flowers become, in some localities where soil and shade are different, white or nearly white. Others, in the process of their natural growth, fade, becoming white or nearly white, so that the old flowers may seem to vary from those first coming into bloom. Those flowers with distinctly white varieties are referred to in Chapter IV (White, Cream, Greenish White Flowers. Cotton Grass. Eriophorum Angustifolium).
Doctor Gray has been called color-blind, because he made little distinction between purple and crimson. There are so few really red (scarlet) flowers, and so many with puzzling shades of crimson, magenta, and rose, and as botanists see colors of flowers differently, it seems best to group all in one chapter. The author will give the colors of those flowers with which she is familiar, as they seem to her, hoping that she represents the average eye for color.