What’s In A Name?

Ever wondered why some plants have so many different names?

Plants are given scientific Latin names that identify their genus and specific species. This name is accepted world-wide, regardless of language, which helps to eliminate confusion amongst scientists and other professionals.

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Plants can also be given common names that vary depending on country, or province. These names use everyday language and are often determined by the physical characteristics of a plant. Common names are easier to remember and much more playful. They periodically change as people move to different areas or the names fall out of favor.

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Check out the different plant names of some of our most popular plants.
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 Formerly Sansevieria trifasciata reclassified as Dracaena trifasciata
Common North American names include: Snake Plant and Mother-in-law’s Tongue, St. George’s Sword, Tiger Tail
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Pachira aquatica
Common Names: Money Tree, Malabar Chesnut, Provision Tree, French Peanut
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Gymnocalycium mihanovichii
Common names: Moon Cactus, Hibotan Cactus, Ruby Ball, Lollipop Cactus
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 Tillandsia
Common Name: Air Plant
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Epipremnum aureum
Common Names: Devil’s Ivy, Pothos
Not sure if you wanted to get into variety names?: Golden, Marble Queen, Pearls and Jade, Neon
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Mimosa pudica
Common Names: Sensitive Plant, Shameplant
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