Going Green

Jun 1, 2011 | 3 comments

Rhodies and Primroses

     The floral arrangement on our neighbors’ dinner table was spectacular.  It was composed of only two types of flowers – rhododendrons of Chinese red and something unidentifiable of lime green.  You don’t see green flowers every day and I was enchanted.
.     “Primula Vulgaris Viridis,” our host said.  “Primroses.”  And he said it in a way that made me feel I should have recognized them immediately.  Later that night I turned to my trusty friend, Google, to see what it was that I’d been missing for the last three-quarters of a century.  I was gratified to read:
     A great curiosity, known since the 16th century, is ‘Viridis’ – the Green Primrose. The petals are a delicate lime green, either leaf-like in texture or a typical flower petal. They may also be either single or double. This plant is incredibly rare and presumably expensive if you can find anyone willing to sell you a piece.
     I also learned that they are sterile and reproduce by division.  And deer like them.  That wasn’t a surprise.  Deer like our plain old garden varieties of primroses, too.  It stands to reason they would like these gorgeous blossoms.
     When I read that green floral arrangements signify optimism, renewal, health and good fortune, I began to wonder how many green flowers there actually are.  I’ve seen green orchids and green anthuriums (anthuri?) in Hawaii.  And I’ve seen green gladioli in those large sprays arranged for funerals.  And it seems to me that I’ve seen green chrysanthemums.  And that’s probably it.
     I doubt that many green arrangements will grace our table very soon.  But I will be keeping my eye out for Viridis if I go plant shopping.  They are pretty enough to risk interest from the deer people.


    • sydney

      Thanks, Diana! I’ll pursue that!

  1. Stephanie Frieze

    I am very sure I’ve never seen green prim roses! How very cool.


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