It’s All In The Name

May 29, 2009 1 Comment

When I took the Master Gardener classes last fall the “professors” mentioned that when you are looking for a particular flower, make sure that you have the scientific name. Some people call the same flower by different common names, but they would all have the same scientific name. For example, a couple of weeks ago my husband and I had dinner at our friends’ house. They have a great shade garden while we are working with a mainly full sun garden. While they were giving us the tour, I mentioned that they should have some Trillium. They didn’t know what that was, so I tried to explain what it looked like. We continued with the tour and then had dinner. While we were digesting, one of our friends mentioned that she would love to have some Deer’s Tongue in her garden. She went on to explain that it had three kind-of-heart-shaped leaves that were dappled with white and the flower was made up of dark red petals and pointed upward and met at the top. It sounded exactly like what I have in my garden as Trillium. We looked it up in a garden book and they are the same flower.

Trillium

My Trillium

Trillium Flower
Trillium Flower

                                                                                                                                                                                  This is also called Prairie Trillium, Bloody Butcher, Brown Bess and Wake-Robin and I’m sure there are other names as well.    The scientific name is Trillium recurvatum.  My mom has a different Trillium in the woods near Cosgrove.  Hers has white, open flowers and the leaves are all green.  I didn’t get down there this year to get a picture of them but it is similar to this:
White Trillium grandiflorium picture by cj
White Trillium grandiflorium picture by cj

So when you go to the garden center and ask for a vinca or trillium, don’t be surprised when you end up with something different than you pictured.   

If you have any questions, I’ll try my best to answer them.
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  1. LELA KOHL says:

    i love your NEW HAID DO. ALSO THE NEW OUTFIT. YOU HAVE COME A LONG WAY FROM THE WMT RADIO. AND THEN THE SUDDEN PLUNGE TO WMT TV WEATHER PERSON. THAT WAS WHEN THEY WERE GOING THRU ABOUT 2 WEATHERPERSONS A WEEK.

    LELA

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