Archive for the ‘What's in a Name’ Category

What’s in a Name? Through the Rainbow Part II

Tradescantia zebrina
Tradescantia zebrina

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

I warned you that there were a whole lot of color-related specific epithets, didn’t I? You can find the previous color-name posts at Black, White, and Shades of Gray and Through the Rainbow Part I. And now, the conclusion.

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What’s in a Name? Through the Rainbow Part I

Verbena hastata 'Rosea'
Verbena hastata ‘Rosea’

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

Ok, all (ten) of you who find this stuff interesting, it’s time for more fun with botanical nomenclature. Now that White, Black, and Shades of Gray are out of the way, let’s move on to the names of more exciting colors.

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What’s in a Name? White, Black, and Shades of Gray

Aquilegia flabellata var. pumila f. alba
Aquilegia flabellata var. pumila f. alba

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

When I decided to write a series of posts exploring the meanings behind many botanical names, I knew right away which batch I wanted to investigate first: names that relate to colors. There are so many that I ended up breaking into it two parts. First up, white to black and the tones in between.

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What’s in a Name? Part the First

magnolia

Text ©Nancy J. Ondra

Bringing up the whole issue of botanical names versus common names is always a touchy subject with any group of gardeners. It’s been debated other times on other garden blogs, and I’m not intending to rake up the controversy again, interesting though it is. Personally, I used to be firmly in the “botanical names only” camp. When I had my own nursery way back when, I’d tend to get frustrated with customers who insisted on using only common names, mainly because many of the plants I grew didn’t have common names. Now, I consider myself lucky if I can remember any names some days.

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