Tag: plant names

What’s in a Name? Moments in Time

As it seemed time for a new adventure in the meaning of botanical names, time itself is a tempting topic. A little familiarity with some of the words you might come across can be handy for predicting how a plant might behave in your…

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What’s in a Name? Let’s Get Animal

It’s the season for studying seed catalogs and seed-exchange lists, which always gets me thinking about how fascinating botanical names can be. For this part of my What’s in a Name? series, I’ve collected a bunch of epithets that relate to mammals. Sometimes, these…

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What’s in a Name? The Good, the Bad, and the Ordinary

Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed) Ready for another ramble through the wonderful world of botanical nomenclature? This time, let’s look at names that relate to…well, let’s call them value judgments – not specific traits like leaf shape, flower color, or geographic origin, but more subjective…

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What’s in a Name? Uses, Flavor, and Fragrance

Brassica oleracea ‘Ruby Ball’ Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra Bright blooms and flashy foliage are features that lure most of us into choosing plants for our gardens. But what about all those hard workers that more than just pretty faces? Looking closely at…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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….

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