Scientific Plant Names VS. Common Plant Names – Take Our Quiz
Like it or not we need clear communication concerning the plants and trees we are growing and watering everyday, so scientific names for plants and trees is essential. Scientific plant names are used to classify and identify specific plant. The scientific plant name describes the genus and species to categorize them. This started about 300 years ago and was developed by Carl Linnaeus.
The challenge with common names, while used regularly by many, is there is no regulation of common names. As a result there can be multiple common names for the same plant. I also see the same common name different plants. This is especially challenging with toxic plants.