Common Names

Why can't I find the plant I'm looking for using the Common Name?

We can't help commenting on the difficulties in using common names to identify plants.  For one thing, many of the plants we grow do not have common names.  Other plants have more than one common name which can lead to great confusion.   A familiar example is the use of both Black-eyed Susan and Gloriosa Daisy to refer to Rudbeckia hirta.  

To make things even more complicated, different plants can have the same common name.  Take, for example, the customer who requests "Rock Cress" or "Dusty Miller".  Does she mean Arabis or AubrietaArtemesia or Senecio?  There are regional differences, too.    The term "Bluebell" refers to Campanula rotundifolia in Scotland, Endymion nonscriptus in Endland, and Phacelia campanilaria in the Western U.S.  It is easy to see that the use of botanical names is a far more precise way to find exactly the plant you seek. 

It can be intimidating to try to say complicated botanical names but we tell our customers not to worry about pronunciation.  There is no one right way to pronounce these tongue twisters and we would rather you try so we can help you find the right plant.  It might be some comfort to learn that the way a plant name is pronounced varies widely from place to place.  We sometimes amuse ourselves by going on "how do I pronounce" websites and listen to the pronunciation of plant names in different regions of the world.  Don't let the plant snobs intimidate you.  Just say it!


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