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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

r-greayer_55a-short-253x253Rochelle Greayer is a writer, landscape designer, farmers market manageress, former physicist rocket scientist & founder and editor of PITH +VIGOR. Author of Cultivating Garden Style : Inspired Ideas and Practical Advice to Unleash Your Garden Personality (her first solo book) she also writes for Apartment Therapy and hosts garden related and floral workshops in her barn in Harvard, MA.  Want to know more?
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  1. 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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