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Many Plants Have Two Names, What Does This Mean?

Every plant has a scientific or botanical name that is written in latin. That's why many people call it the 'Latin Name'.  It is usually two or more words that is divided into the Genus, Species and possibly more. The latin name is useful because it is unique. No two plants share the same name. If you give a latin name to an experienced gardener, they instantly know what plant you are looking for, (or at very least know how to get more information about it!)

The second name on a plant label is called the 'Common Name'. While it is usually more pronounceable, it can also pose challenges. Depending on your region, your common name may be different from someone in another area, country or continent. This makes plant identification challenging. If you only know the common name, it may be difficult to identify exactly which plant you are looking for.

 

If you have any questions about plant names, please feel free to call us at 604.882.1201 or visit us in person at Arts Nursery Ltd.

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