Why they're important to learn
Chamomile, Matricaria recutita
Both the flowers above are known as Bachelor's Buttons.... confusing, isn't it?
How do you remember all those Latin names??I'm often asked.
|argenteus- silver, silvery||niger- black|
|coccineus- scarlet||rubens- red|
|azureus- sky blue||caeruleus- blue, dark blue|
|purpureus- purple||violaceus- violet|
|sempervirens- always green||viridis- green|
|alternatus- leaves grow in an alternate pattern on the stem|
|cordatus- heart shaped||dentatus- toothed|
|erectus- upright||frutescens- shrubby|
|globosus- round||reptans- creeping|
|hirsutus- hairy||pubescens- downy|
|fulgens- shiny||concolor- evenly colored|
|variegatus- variegated||humilis- low growing|
|minor- small||scandens- climbing|
|tortuosus- meandering||verticalis- vertical|
Picture courtesy of http://www.uwyo.edu/plantsciences/uwplant/forages/legume/red-clover.html
Pronunciation is sometimes an obstacle to feeling comfortable with botanical names.
For more on pronounciation of the botanical names of plants, please go here.
When you learn a little bit about the world of the botanical names of plants, you learn a lot about their characteristics, behavior, time of bloom, leaf markings and more. Don't be afraid of the botanical names of your plants. Learn to read them and know you're learning more about the herbs and plants we love.