Not true, but pretty.

I often walk past a blue plumbago bush in the mornings. If I had a bigger property I’d find a place for one of these plants, because they do seem to bloom over a long period and are fairly unthirsty. It’s taken me years to be able to remember the name plumbago, or even to find out what the plant looked like. I must have pushed it away from my consciousness because the word is only one letter off from lumbago, which means lower back pain, and the sound of which reminds me of a problem that has plagued me for most of my life.

I didn’t ever notice until Tony mentioned it, that a truly blue flower is rare, because they are usually “blushed with purple.” Today I got up close and noticed that the petals are indeed veined with purple, and as I look now at the photos the whole flower is starting to appear lavender blue. Maybe that is because it’s being seen indoors, whereas this morning it was reflecting the blue sky?

I forgot to take a picture of the whole bush, so here is a different species I saw online:

From now on I will be looking closely at all the blue flowers I encounter!

9 thoughts on “Not true, but pretty.

  1. We have a common wild flower called Chicory that has true blue flowers. As you say, that is somewhat hard to find. As you probably know, Chicory roots can be roasted, dried and ground to make a coffee substitute.

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  2. Practically a staple in local landscapes. I haven’t planted one yet, but I know where it will go when I get to that place in our yard. I’ve noticed that the flowers tend to be sparse which is the only drawback. Maybe the ones I see just don’t get enough water.

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