The Latin Series: C is For Caerulea

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Ready for another Latin Lesson? This might be one of the more popular selections…because all the plants have something really pretty about them. Caerulea refers to ‘blue’. According to Wikipedia, the words caerulea and cerulean (as in the color) are derived from the Latin word caeruleus which means dark blue of blue-green and this in turn is a derivative of the word caelulum (caelum) for “heaven or sky” — which perfectly describes the color that caerulea refers to.

Not all blue-featured plants carry the word caerulea as a descriptor, (I’m thinking for example of  Meconopsis grandis (among others) – the much coveted blue poppy) but I can’t think of any that have the caerulea descriptor that don’t have a blue feature (mostly flowers, but sometimes berries or other features).

Want to see more beautiful blue-featured Caerulea plants?  Check out the C is for Caerulea pinboard.

Do you have a favorite not shown?  Do share….

Catananche caerulea - Cupid's Dart from annie annuals
Images by bluedharma via Flickr Creative Commons and peak gardening.

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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