Unlike its common name of which there may be several , the Latin name for a plant is unique to each plant.
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The binomial two name system of nomenclature was developed by Swedish naturalist, Carl Linnaeus in the mid s. Grouping plants according to similarities such as leaves, flowers and fruit, he founded a natural order and named them accordingly.
The difference between the two nomenclatures being, that in Latin plant names the genus is listed first and is always capitalized. The species or specific epithet follows the genus name in lowercase and the entire Latin plant name is italicized or underlined.
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The use of Latin plant names can be confusing to the home gardener, sometimes even intimidating. There is, however, a very good reason to use Latin plant names.
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She is a life-long plant collector and gardener -- she has lived in Portland for 45 years -- and is a member of Portland Garden Club and Garden Club of America Horticulture judge. She offers these tips for successful gardening:.
Learn more: A good way to learn about plants is to visit nurseries, plant society shows like the Rose Society or the Fuchsia Society, or attend flower shows like the Portland Garden Club Flower Show. The horticulture classes will display the wide variety of plants that thrive in this area.