Botanical names

I was doing my reading for class today, and it has a list of native plants for my home state in it.  I decided to look for names that could be used for kids, but are either rare or (as far as I know) not used at all. 

Some of these are common names, some come from the scientific name.

  • Anemone
  • Columbine
  • Larkspur
  • Kalmia (genus name for mountain laurel)
  • Phlox (how has this one not become trendy, I ask you)
  • Sassafras
  • Snowberry
  • Tiarella
  • Merrybells (ok, this one struck me funny, I gotta admit -- if I met a young Merrybells I would be hard-pressed to keep a straight face)
  • Mitchella
  • Aster (again, how has this not become trendy? Someone use Aster, please.)
  • Bluebell
  • Camassia (genus name for wild hyacinth)
  • Gaura (kind of feels like a scifi update of Laura or Maura)
  • Lobelia (let's all admit that Lobela Sackville-Baggins has ruined this one for us)
  • Sundrop
  • Vernonia
  • Caltha
  • Ilex
  • Summersweet
  • Marigold 

 

What other rare/unused botanical names can you think of? 

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October 21, 2014 7:36 PM

I'm writing a story where I use botanical names for the characters! I have a Kalmia, which I love! (Also, a different way to get "Mia", too!) and Aster, too!

Some of my favorites:

Acacia, Azalea, Alder, Anise

Bryony, Bergamot, Bellis

Calla, Callistemon, Choisya, Clematis, Cassia

Delphinium, Dahlia

Eremurus

Forsythia, Freesia

Gardenia, Garland

Hyacinth

Ianthe

Jonquil, Juniper, Jucinta, Jessamine

Kalmia, Kale, Kennedia,

Leilani, Linnaea, Liatris, Lilium, Lucerne

Malva, Magnolia, Marguerite, Marjoram, Mimosa

Narcissa, Nymphaea

Primula, Posy, Protea

Quince

Rowen

Senna, Salvia, Sequoia

Trillium, Tansy, Thyme,

Valeria, Veronica, Verbena,

Wisteria, Willow

Yarrow

Zahara

I really love Kalmia, Wisteria, Quince, Primula, Liatris, Nymphaea, Anise, Alder, and Bryony (who's my main character). Botanical names are so fun!

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October 21, 2014 10:22 PM

One that came up in class tonight was the plant Zizia aurea.  "Zizia" would be a fun name....

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October 21, 2014 11:23 PM

So, not all of these would make great or even good names, some completely ridiculous but this is what I came up with off the top of my head. I particularly like Shamrock, Petal, Grove and Maple.

Euonymus

Hawthorne

Sumac

Oak

Citrus

Clover

Grass

Pussy Willow

Cattail

Cactus

Dichondra

Caladium

Amaryllis

Nandina

Moss

Anise

Rue

Mint

Gardenia

Sprout

Pansy

Crocus

Birch

Petal

Maple

Grove

Meadow

Lupine

Bluebonnet

Zinnia

Hakea

Shamrock

Cedar

Acorn

Liriope

Wreath 

 

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June 24, 2016 11:52 AM

My favourites are probably simple flower names: Lily, Rose, Daisy, Poppy, Violet as well a more unique ones: Peony, Flora, Fleur.

 

I did once meet a little girl called B3t$y Blu3b3ll... poor kid.