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Because they're blue?

Actually, blue for boys and pink for girls is a relatively recent phenomemon (as I understand) whereas this name no doubt has persisted for centuries. They certainly are a pretty color, and easy to grow, if only their lazy gardener would properly divide them.

This photograph was probably taken in 1999.


Actually, I've since learned even more than division is the importance of cutting back—all the way to the ground—these plants once the leaves start getting nasty & brown. They come back with more beautiful flowers.