Naming the Rainbow: Coccineum / Scarlet

By Matthew C. Pace

Jun 4 2022

A close cousin of the color rubrum, coccineum (Latin for scarlet) is sure to turn the heat up. Unfortunately, the flowers of the scarlet pimpernel (Anagalis arvensis) are more of a tangerine than scarlet, and its formal Latin name doesn't derive from coccinium (arvensis is Latin for "of the field").

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