The Latin Series: C is for Coccinea

First we had Caerulea now we have Coccinea — Where caerulea = blue;  coccinea = red.

As with the ‘blue’ — the ‘red’ can be anywhere; it can be a tinge on a leaf tip, or it can be the whole darn flower and anything in between.

pyracantha coccinea hedge

In this case (which I love) Pyracantha coccinea (clearly referring to the bright red and inpressive berries) is trained into a hedge.

Do you have a favorite ‘coccinea’ plant?   I have a bunch in this pinterest folder to give you some ideas!

kennedia coccinea

Kennedia coccinea (above) is new to me — but in writing this, I discovered that this Australian native used to be available through San Marcos Growers but I can’t find a current stockist (anyone grow this from seed or know of a place to buy?) Isn’t this tricolored flower (on a climber) so pretty?

image from google earth by thorodin and australian plants

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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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  1. Vista Village Pediatrician on February 28, 2012 at 4:21 am

    My favorite is the Ixora Coccinea. Not only that it has the red color but it could also be white, pink or yellow, great combinations! I grow the Ixora Nora Grant as ornament for my patio then the Super King for the garden. Does your coccinea plants have dwarf versions as well?

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