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RE: renaming plants

I have the same problem with our MG seed sale. When I make the labels I
alphabetize by latin so I can find them quickly.  Then after everything is
labeled the packets are arranged upright in trays with header cards and
alphabetized by common name.  I understand why.  Our customers would be
looking for common names. But it's comical to hear the women arranging them.

I have another Spider Flower here and I can't find them!  No, those are
under C for Cleome.  That's Latin, not common! Yeah, but people call it
cleome anyway.

Where's the False Dragonhead!  I don't know, ask Kitty.  Kitty says: That's
Physostegia virginia.  Yeah, you're a BIG help.  Well, try under O for
Obedient Plant.  And if it's not there, try: Accommodation Flower, American
Heather, Lady of the Lake, Mexican Heath, Pink Shellflower, St. Margaret's
Flower, Toad's Mouth, Lion's Mouth (but Lion's Mouth could also be a
Toadflax [Linaria] or a Snapdragon [Antirrhinum] or a Foxglove [Digitalis])

And hey where do I put Hollyhock Mallow?  Does it go under H or M or how
about V because it's also called Vervain Mallow?


> [Original Message]
> From: Donna <justme@prairieinet.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 2/9/2003 11:37:41 AM
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] renaming plants
> Even in groups that should know better, it is a tough fight to get them
> to use the botanical names around here. At our club greenhouse, as we
> transplanted our seedlings, I moved them all alphabetically by the
> botanical name. Thought that would be simple....
> Huh! No one can find anything :) I was vetoed, and they dragged out my
> master list and moved them by common name... of course the crude markers
> only had the botanical name on them... so they are still swearing at
> me... 
> I give up...
> Donna
> > Marge wrote:
> > >>...new gardeners can only absorb a certain amount...learning a
> botanical
> > name is no more difficult than learning a
> > common name if you are just exposed to it enough. I don't know why
> > we in the US have to be convinced that something requires no effort
> > in order to not be scared away from it<<
> > 
> > Marge,
> > I didn't begin gardening until I was nearly 40 and the magazine that
> got
> > me
> > started was Horticulture which often discusses plants that have no
> common
> > name.  Since I had no background whatsoever and no friends or family
> even
> > remotely interested in the subject, I took university classes.  So I
> > pretty
> > much learned from the get go to use botanical names.  Even on my
> beginners
> > level, Rudbeckia seemed easy enough rather than Black-Eyed Susan.
> > 
> > Kitty
> > 
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