The Latin Series: C is For Caerulea

February 7, 2012

Colorado Rocky Mountain columbine

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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