The Color Purple

I mentioned all the yellow flowers around Phoenix this time of year in my Old Yeller post. The royal color is also prominent now. The flowers on the bush above are a little past their prime but the bees still find them tasty.

The showiest of the purples are the jacaranda trees. Although they are not native to Arizona (but to Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean), they grow very well here and you see them often. I’d really like to have one of these in our yard someday.

Their delicate tropical leaves are almost as pretty as their huge clusters of blooms.

And another unidentified (to me) bush rounds out this tribute to the color purple.

The actual color of Tyrian purple, the original color purple from which the name purple is derived, is the color of a dye made from a mollusc that in classical antiquity became a symbol of royalty because only the very wealthy could afford it. Therefore, Tyrian purple was also called imperial purple. (Wikipedia)


6 thoughts on “The Color Purple

  1. Legumes and their great variety are among my favorite plants and that purple one is outstanding. I saw a demo of the purple dying process on TV not long ago that involved pounding a bunch of shellfish to a pulp and letting them putrefy then suffusing cloth with the water that was at first green and when oxidized turned royal purple…


  2. I like the purple theme. Fine shots of the flowers. I especially like the one with such an abundance of blossoms. Interesting comment on the source of purple.


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