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Re: renaming plants

In a message dated 2/7/03 11:31:57 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
kmrsy@earthlink.net writes:

> I thought the Coleus to Solenostemon change occurred long b4 the
> Chrysanthemum obliteration.  

Kitty- Accepted in Europe but rarely seen here.  I don't think I have ever 
purchased a Coleus labeled SS in a local nursery.  Maybe seen elsewhere in 
the country but sold in all catalogs as Coleus.  Coleus, common for a hundred 
years more or less and won't disappear easily.  I do agree with Latinate form 
but have ended comment on the subject.  Either folks agree or they don't 
agree.  Sometimes you cannot sell a plant called Pelargonium when a buyer 
wants a geranium, a Hippeastrum when a buyer wants an Amaryllis so the system 
tries but is not perfect.  My husband's family operate a nursery and standing 
outdoors with a customer on a busy day in spring, a Coleus is a Coleus.  Most 
gardeners as they gain experience learn Latinate form and as you go on you 
often find it a fascinating subject.  Though, not all will agree.

Claire Peplowski
NYS z4

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