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… Continue Reading “What’s in a Name? Moments in Time”

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… Continue Reading “What’s in a Name? Let’s Get Animal”

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… Continue Reading “What’s in a Name? The Good, the Bad, and the Ordinary”