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The Color Green

Updated on October 18, 2012
Green marker on green iPad smart cover
Green marker on green iPad smart cover | Source
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A green balloon | Source
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Houseplants on a rack | Source


Plants have always have a strange allure to me. Now that I think about it, it is probably because of the vibrant green color in the leaves and stems. Green is one of the most visible and well known property of plants. It not only makes them appealing to people but also helps provide them with food through photosynthesis.

Why Green?

I was looking for article ideas, and decided to write about a color because I was inspired by Color Matters. Green seemed like the obvious choice because it's my favorite color and has always been. So whether or not you have an interest in the color green, why don't you read on for some cool facts and information about the color green.

Some Everyday Appearances of Green

Green is everywhere. But I have to say, the most common appearance is in plants. Plants are all around us! Forests, hedges, vines, farms, houseplants and more are seen almost daily by all of us. They can thank chlorophyll, the green pigment found in all plants, for their unique and pleasing color. For more information about plants and chlorophyll, see this website.

Another common place that green shows up is as a symbol for "go". This is mostly seen in stoplights, but many other indicators and lights also use green to indicate a positive message. Green makes things stand out among duller colors, but is not too vibrant like yellow or orange.

Green is one of the most popular colors for kids craft and even paper colors, competing with red, blue, and of course, white. In fact, green is so common and popular that many people mistake it for a primary color, when it is actually a secondary color, formed by mixing blue and yellow.

Green is everywhere!
Green is everywhere! | Source
Green also shows up in camo patterns.
Green also shows up in camo patterns. | Source

How to Make Green

The easiest way to form green is to mix the pigments of blue and yellow. This is the obvious way, so I won't go in depth (though there probably isn't much to go in-depth about).

Green pigments are also found naturally in certain minerals and other substances.

Here is a list of possible plants to make green dye from:

- Artemisia

- Artichokes

- Tea Tree

- Spinach (leaves)

- Sorrel (roots)

- Foxglove - (flowers)

- Lilac - (flowers)

- Camellia

- Snapdragon - (flowers)

- Black-Eyed Susans

- Grass

- Pigsweed (entire plant)

- Red Pine (needles)

- Nettle

- Broom - (stem)

- Larkspur

- Plantain Roots

- White Ash - (bark)

- Purple Milkweed - (flowers & leaves)

- Lily-of-the-valley

- Barberry root

- Red onion (skin)

- Yarrow - (flowers)

- Mulga Acacia - (seed pods)

- Peach - (leaves)

-Coneflower (flowers)

- Peppermint

- Queen Anne's Lace

- Hydrangea (flowers)

- Chamomile (leaves)

For more on green dye and materials, see Pioneer Thinking's Green Dye Page. (List retrieved from this website)

Green And The Environment

Another reference to green has popped up in the past few years. Now, conserving and preserving the environment is reffered to as "going green". This probably comes from the green pigment in plants (as mentioned earlier). After all, earth has a lot of plants on it! You can go green in many ways: recycling, adjusting your thermostat, getting insulation for your house (if you don't already), and many other ways. That's just scratching the suface though! If you want to learn more about going green, check out these hubs by eco friendly members:


51 Easy Ways To Go Green

Green Tips


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    • plb36 profile image

      plb36 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks! I'll check out your hub, sounds interesting.

    • Irob profile image

      Irob 5 years ago from St. Charles

      Fun and intersting. Maybe you will like my hub I am posting on Orange tomorrow.