Girls can see more colors. Furthermore, they know all their fancy names. Sometimes, I suspect that they just make up names as necessary. There are four African daisies at work that are odd colors that I can not identify, and another flower that I know is not lavender.

1. Blue is the easiest of these colors. Others might say it is pale, soft or sky blue. Even I can see that it is most definitely not lavender, as some might insist. Is this species so easy to identify?P00314-1

2. Blue is the only color for rosemary. It is more obvious up close in the previous picture. It is easier to mistake it for lavender if that is the color that is expected from the particular species.P00314-2

3. Lavender is how I would describe this color. Perhaps it is pale lavender. I have been told that this is lilac or pale lilac. That makes sense, since common lilac blooms with lavender flowers.P00314-3

4. Purple or light purple works for this one. Heck, if the previous is pale lavender, this could be lavender . . . that is not pale. Alternatively, it could be lilac, . . . but probably not the pale sort.P00314-4

5. Yellow or pale yellow should be good enough. I do not know what buff is, but I do not believe that this is it. Nor does it strike me as lemon or butter yellow. I know what colors lemons are.P00314-5

6. Red should be good enough, although I would believe if this is rust or rusty red. I am open to suggestion on this one. It is quite a distinctive color. I like it, even though I can not identify it.P00314-6

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18 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Unidentified Colors

    1. I thought they looked suspicious! Most that are labeled as blue look blue to me, and I don’t want to argue, but they are not as blue as the labels indicate. Are they all really sort of purplish? Some must be very close to blue.


  1. Beautiful photos, Tony, as always. Maybe this is a “girl’s see more colors” thing, but in all the osteospermum (is that even the name anymore? I think I heard that they have changed it), I see multiple colors. It is most pronounced in the lovely hot pink one at the bottom which shades to fuchsia at its throat. Great post–lovely as well as thought provoking!


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  2. I believe that lilac should be a warm purple (moving towards red on the colour wheel ) and lavender should be a cool purple (moving towards blue on the colour wheel). But in practice I sometimes find it difficult to differentiate between the two. In addition the warmer (pinker) purple shades are sometimes called mauve and the deeper bluer ones are called violet. All very confusing.
    The problem of poorly defined colour names is not new though, Gertrude Jekyll fills a page in Colour Schemes for the Flower Garden, bemoaning how flowers sold as blue are actually purple and that ones sold as purple are actually magenta.
    Thought provoking post, Tony.

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    1. Well, those are too many colors that I could not identify. My colleague down south and I refer to the bougainvilleas by cultivar name rather than color, because we don’t know what colors they are. I can identify a good white, an I am pretty good with blue too. I find that some of the more common blue flowers are describes as purple though. Jacaranda looks purple if I look it up online, but I know that most are actually blue. Many of us believe that agapanthus is primarily purple rather than blue. Purple agapanthus are still not as popular.

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