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Thread #4074   Message #3736851
Posted By: Taconicus
12-Sep-15 - 01:23 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Wildwood Flower / I'll Twine 'Mid the ...
Subject: RE: Origins: Wildwood Flower / I'll Twine 'Mid the ...
Was that my original guess? I don't recall that. I sometimes sing "amaranthus" but I don't have reason to think it was misremembered from anything in particular – how about "Oculatus"? I can decipher the Latin meaning or "aronatus" if it was supposed to mean something, but beyond that I don't know its origin.

Incidentally, there were many mentions of an "Alba Oculata" in botanical books of the period, described as "white with a blue eye," but that was a type of Phlox Drummondii. It's another possibility, though not a bright blue to my eye.