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Subject: Magenta - No Matter What They Call It...
Date Posted: 7/5/2008 12:59 PM ET
Member Since: 9/23/2006
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It's still magenta.  I don't exactly hate it, but I don't like thinking I'm getting some other color and finding out it's magenta.  Sometimes the descriptions will be honest about it but others aren't.

Here's the wikipedia link to the colors of magenta (for reference):


I picked up a new Pomegranate Yarrow at Walmart (there's a photo on this commercial website Bunnyyard).  When we first saw it, it looked like the photo - a deep ruby red.  I know yarrows fade, but this looked so pretty that I thought I'd try it.  I will have to give it a fair chance in my conditions but, so far, it is the deep red for a very short time and then it fades to a deep magenta pink.  Neither color is a bad color but I don't know what to do with this plant.  It doesn't go well with my pinks and it's awfully red when it's red.

More plants that I think look like various (and not necessarily complementary) shades of magenta are Nicotiana "Perfume Deep Purple" (Flowering Tobacco) - mine has a lot of red in it so far; my "Royal Tapestry" yarrow which is described as purple, and those Purple Wave petunias you see everywhere (what do you think?).

I saved a coleus all winter specifically because it was pink, unlike all the red ones, and it brightened up the area near the hostas which had some old pink yarrow.  It's one of the few things that is actually look okay, but the new growth is bright red!  Of course, it's a different red than the pomegranate yarrow!  Oh well, the garden club never comes anyway.

Does anyone else have any magenta stories or favorites?

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 7/11/2008 5:07 AM ET
Member Since: 9/5/2005
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I like it but it was my favorite crayon in the 64-box when I was a kid. :)

I have magenta azeleas and rhodis all over our yard.