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Most popular post of all: Angelonia, a flower that keeps on giving

December 21, 2014

Blue is everyone’s “favorite color.”

It is, hands down, the most popular color worldwide and is the least “gender specific” color, having equal appeal to both men and women. Now Purple is giving blue a run for its money as the second favorite color….

Blue is the favored color for toothbrushes, so that says it all!  (this info is from a great website: Sensation Color) but can purple be far behind?

Scientists have found that the color blue causes the body to produce chemicals that are calming. This may be why we all like to be around blue….stare at this square and see if it calms you.

In fact, over the past decade, scientists have reported the successful use of blue light in the treatment of psychological problems such as addictions, eating disorders, impotence, and depression.

Moreover, a deep blue/purple such as Indigo or Deep Violet symbolizes mystical wisdom and spiritual insight. It increases contemplation and quiet moments of introspection. Think: chakra colors…

So it follows that if you have blue and purple flowers in your garden you will be calmer and more insightful!  Ha!

Which of course leads us to Angelface Blue Angelonia (and Angelface Dark Violet Angelonia) …. purple/blue and deep violet flowers abound on these two varieties of the 2 ft. tall  ‘summer snapdragon’.

(from Nature Hills Nursery)

Angelonias love the heat and will flower all summer. No deadheading required, easy and rewarding, just keep up regular fertilizing and watering. This plant can be a perennial in Florida.   People, Places and Plants Magazine listed Angelface Dark Violet as one of the 12 Hot Annuals for 2008.

The Angelonia Angelface Dark Violet and Angelface Blue ( it is hard to tell the difference in color ) is a standout plant in a garden. They bloom well into the fall and also make a great cut flower that will last up to 10 days indoors! I plant masses of these for my clients.

And guess what? Proven Winners says they are DEER RESISTANT. So go plant Blue or Dark Violet Angelonia with Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’ for a luscious, deer resistant combination.