Regal Purple

There are no words in the English dictionary that rhyme with purple or orange.  I remember a group of songs written for elementary school teachers to use in language arts.  One of the songs was titled “Purple is Urple”   The songs were zany and fun and used to inspire creative writing.

Who knows why the phrase “Purple is Urple” is stuck in my head.

bluecurls2This native Texas plant is called Blue Curls (Phacelia congesta), but the flowers are actually purple.  So I’m including it in this post.

The plant is also called Caterpillars or Fiddleneck.  Other names include Spiderflower and will Heliotrope.

bluecurlsOne of the first things noticeable about this blossom is the protruding stamens.  In nature, Blue Curls grow in colonies.

Phacelia is from the Greek word phakelos which means bundle.  This refers to the coiled flower cluster.

I bought this one at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center plant sale in the spring.  I haven’t seen it for sale anywhere else.  Or maybe I didn’t know to look for it.

mexican petunia3The mass of Mexican Petunia (Ruellia brittoniana) in my garden just keeps spreading out.

mexican petunia4The flowers have a crinkly look like crepe paper.  This is a Texas Superstar Plant.  It feels right at home in full sun, even Texas sun.  They are drought tolerant, once established, and seem to be insect and disease free.

mexican petunia2I have a few of the Katie Dwarf Ruellia, but they don’t bloom nearly as well as this taller variety.  But they are not as aggressive, either.

passionflower2The Passion Vine (Passiflora incarnata) flower has such a tropical and mysterious look to it.  And because they are tropical, they can withstand the heat here.  Regular watering is required for it to bloom.

It is a strong rooter.  Sometimes I break off strips that reach out and grow into other plants.  I usually just toss them into the field that is nearby.  They will crop up and grow there without much water.

Purple has long been a color signifying royalty.  When Jesus wore the crown of thorns, they also mocked him with a purple robe.  In the Byzantine time, a new ruler was said “to be born to the purple.”

“There is no evil that does not promise inducements.
Avarice promises money;
luxury, a varied assortment of pleasures;
ambition, a purple robe and applause.
Vices tempt you by the rewards they offer.”
Seneca, Roman philosopher, mid 1st century AD

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