I bet many of you are thinking ‘what the heck is glaucous, anyway?’
Well, according to Webster, glaucous means:
1. of a pale yellow-green color, or of a light bluish-gray or bluish-white color
2. having a powdery or waxy coating that gives a frosted appearance and tends to rub off
And here’s a fun-fact from Wikipedia: the first recorded use of glaucous as the name of a color was in the year 1671.
So, while this word has been around for hundreds of years, it still eludes many gardeners.
I wonder if it’s partly because it’s such an unattractive sounding word (sounding like something stuck in the throat.)
Or maybe it’s because the definitions are a little all over the place: is it pale yellow-green? Or light bluish-gray? Or, bluish-white? Frosty? Powdery? Hmmm…
Whatever the reason, one of my favorite color combos of all time is glaucous and purple/maroon/burgundy, all nestled together.
There are a few reasons why this combination works so well.