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.


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.

Check out the different plant names of some of our most popular plants.
 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
Pachira aquatica
Common Names: Money Tree, Malabar Chesnut, Provision Tree, French Peanut
Gymnocalycium mihanovichii
Common names: Moon Cactus, Hibotan Cactus, Ruby Ball, Lollipop Cactus
Common Name: Air Plant
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
Mimosa pudica
Common Names: Sensitive Plant, Shameplant

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Categories: Plants