Things That Are Purple In Nature – There is rarity of things that are naturally purple in color. Have you ever spotted a purple fruit or purple animal? In this connected world, most people are surely unaware about natural things that are purple in color. In fact, the color has a supernatural aura since time immemorial. Purple is also the most striking color in a rainbow. The fascinating history behind the significance of the color makes it more interesting. While for the Mediterranean people, the color is specifically for nobles and emperors, the color signify death in several cultures across the world. So, let us explore the things that are purple naturally.
One can spot a brightly colored purple Nudibranch in the Pacific Ocean. The small marine creature is however not suitable to keep in an aquarium because it is extremely choosy about its food.
2. Purple Sea Star
Available in bright colors like purple or orange, the sea star is also popular as Orche sea star. This heavy marine creature is easy to spot in the Pacific Ocean along the rocky coastlines.
This small flower grows in cluster and is valued in the perfume industry for their fresh sweet fragrance. Earlier, it was a symbol of royalty, but now the flower is a symbol of grace and purity. It finds extensive use in aromatherapy and in treatment of many ailments. In fact, Lavender oil is very much popular across the world.
4. Magenta Flower
The light purple magenta flower is native to South-East Asia. In India, it grows in abundance in Assam and Nainital. The flower is popular as ‘Kakjangha’ in Hindi while its botanical name is Peristrophe roxburghiana.
5. Canterbury Bells
This is a small easy to grow bellflower. Its scientific name is Campanula medium and it belongs to the Campanulaceae family. The flower is popular as a garden plant for its long lasting bloom and attractive appearance.
6. Trailing Geranium
The attractive deep pinkish to purple in color grows at the high altitudes in the Himalayan region. It has black veins on each of its petals and a black center that makes it more striking. Its blooming months are between August and October.
7. Saffron Crocus
The pricey spice saffron that all love to have in milk drinks and is use in many cosmetic products is from the purple saffron crocus flower. Each flower contains three stigmas that are rich in potassium, iron, vitamin C and other essential nutrients. The flower blooms during autumn.
Commonly known as eggplant, Brinjal is a popular fleshy fruit containing seeds. However, across the world, people eat it as a vegetable. It is popular as ‘eggplant’ and ‘aubergine’ in some nations. It has nutrients like vitamin B1, manganese, folate, vitamin B6, potassium, and vitamin K.
9. Purple Cauliflower
The cauliflower as the name suggests is purple in its color with a cream-colored base. It is sweeter than the traditional white cauliflower. Its origin is unknown but some experts believe that the purple variation comes from Italy or South Africa.
10. Purple Martin
The small bird native to North America migrates to South America during the winter. The bird flies at a terrific speed and is a popular house sparrow in America. It does acrobats while flying to catch insects.
11. Purple Honeycreeper
The small attractive bird of the tanager family has a long curved bill. It mainly feeds on fruits, seeds and nectar of flowers. It is a bold bird with a high pitch voice.
12. Purple Peacock
This is a new variety of peacock having a purple sheen instead of a blue one and a darker tail. Experts spot such a peacock with a color variation in the twentieth century. This is probably due to a sex-related mutation. Purple peacock are therefore extremely rare to find.
13. Lucifer Hummingbird
Native to Mexico, this small hummingbird has a very prominent purple color throat that makes us include it in this coveted list. It is easy to identify this tiny bird due to its forked tail and curved bill. Its scientific name is Calothorax Lucifer.
14. Purple Tang
The herbivore marine fish is native to the Red Sea. It is of modest size and if kept in an aquarium needs much space. The fish is an active swimmer and has a yellow tail. It has dark stripes all over its body.
15. Purple Mountain
Located in China, the purple mountain is a busy tourist spot. As purple color clouds envelop its peak during dawn and dusk, the small mountain looks alluring and is known a purple mountain. It has over a hundred sightseeing areas.
Amethyst is a beautiful and attractive purple variation of a quartz mineral. It was expensive until the 19th Century but becomes affordable after the discovery of its large deposits in Brazil. The gemstone is in high demand in the jewelry manufacturing industry. It is also available in an alluring pink shade. It is the birthstone of people born in the month of February. In ancient times, it was a jewel of the royal crowns.
17. Purple Jade
A variety of Jadeite, purple jade Amethyst is a beautiful and attractive purple variation of a quartz mineral. It was expensive until the 19th Century but becomes affordable after the discovery of its large deposits in Brazil. The gemstone is in high demand in the jewelry manufacturing industry. It is also available in an alluring pink shade. It is the birthstone of people born in the month of February. In ancient times, it was a jewel of the royal crowns.
Although, the gemstone is not as popular as the purple jade, it is attractive and is use in jewelry making since the ancient times. Many confuse spinel with a ruby because of the similarity in brilliance. It is a rare gemstone exhibiting good hardness. Also available in pink color and other shades, it is used without any treatment in rings and pendants.
19. Begonia Rex
Also known as the ‘Purple Curly Stardust’, the plant has beautiful leaves with purple coloring and a silver sparkle. It is an ever-bloomer garden plant and can grow well in partial shade. It is also suitable to grow in hanging baskets.
20. Jambul fruit
Native to Asia, the small purple- skinned fruit with a seed inside is now available across the world. In India, there are many varieties of ‘Jamun’ or ‘Jambul’ including one seedless variety. In spite of its small size, the fruit fetch a high rate in the local Indian market because of its nutrients like calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, iron , and vitamin C. Some people just love its distinct taste, which is not in any other fruit across the world. However, when the fruit is ripe, it turns a little sweeter. In ancient Hindu texts, there is mention of jamun fruits, which implies, ancient Indians knew it.
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