Names of Flowers – Explaining Naming Conventions

Names of Flowers – Introduction

Given the vast number of flowers in the world, their names are equally vast in number. Nearly every species is named due to its characteristics, geographical location, or cultural significance to the people naming them. Many of these names of flowers can seem unusual, comical or even absurd, but most are fitting when placed in the proper context.

The most common trend when considering the etymology (study of word origins) of names of flowers is that they are almost universally named to describe their appearance. This can be most often seen in examples like the sunflower, which was named after both its visual similarity to the sun and the fact that its flower moves to track the sun as it crosses the sky.

Using colors in the names of flowers is commonplace, with such examples as bluebells, the tiger lily (orange and black like a tiger), and rose (rose being French for pink, which is the most common natural color of the flower).

Names of Flowers – Scientific

All species on the planet are assigned scientific Latin names based on their kingdom, division, class, order, family, subfamily and genus. These names of flowers are useful in helping to track and identify similar species, and are used by botanists and many professional gardeners around the world. We’ve provided a list of scientific names of some of the more common species:

1. Abutilon hybridum – Flowering maple
2. Acalypha wilkesiana – Cooperleaf
3. Amaranthus tricolor – Joseph’s coat; Fountain plant
4. Ammobium alatum – Winged everlasting
5. Antirrhinum majus – Snapdragon
6. Begonia semperflorens – Wax begonia
7. Bellis perennis, English daisy; True daisy
8. Brugmansia x candida – Yellow angel’s trumpet
9. Calibrachoa xhybrida – Trailing petunia
10. Capsicum annuum – Ornamental pepper
11. Centaurea cineraria – Dusty miller
12. Cheiranthus cheiri – Wallflower
13. Clerondendron ugandens – Blue butterfly bush
14. Convolulus tricolor – Dwarf morning glory
15. Cuphea hyssopifolia – Mexican heather
16. Dianthus barbatus – Sweet William
17. Diascia intergerrima – Twinspur
18. Eschscholzia californica – California poppy
19. Fuchsia x hybrida – Fuchsia
20. Helianthus annuus – Sunflower
21. Hibiscus acetosella – Red hibiscus
22. Impatiens balsamina – Balsam
23. Lantana montevidensis – Weeping lantana
24. Lobularia maritima – Sweet alyssum
25. Molucella laevis – Bells of Ireland
26. Myosotis sylvatica – Forget-me-not
27. Nicotiana x sanderae – Flowering tobacco
28. Pelargonium x hortorum – Geranium
29. Petunia x hybrida – Petunia
30. Salvia argentea – Silver sage
31. Scaevola aemula – Fan flower
32. Tagetes patula – French marigold
33. Tropaeolum majus – Nasturtium
34. Viola x wittrockiana – Pansy
35. Zinnia elegans – Zinnia

Names of Flowers – Where to Find More Information

When searching for more information about the names of flowers, you have at your disposal several great resources. These include, but are not limited to: the internet, local libraries, book stores, local florists, garden centers and encyclopedias. We’ll give you some recommendations for each to facilitate your search for information regarding the names of flowers.

· The Internet – The internet is perhaps the perfect resource for when you’re searching for information regarding the names of flowers. We recommend search engines such as Google and Yahoo! for this task, as they should be able to lead you directly to online directories of different flower names. Wikipedia is another great resource. Simply type in the common name of a flower and you’ll be able to see the corresponding names to all of its scientific categories.

· Libraries – When at the library, you should have access to at least several books on botany and gardening. These will more likely than not contain information about the names of flowers.

· Book stores – Check out the botany and gardening section of your local book store. This is a great resource for finding additional information about names of flowers.

· Florists and Garden Centers – Your local florist will likely have a great deal of information about the names of flowers, including interesting facts you may not have known. They’ll also be able to help you in selecting gifts and arranging for delivery of fresh flowers, should you so desire. Garden center experts will also have information about this subject, and are great people to ask.

· Encyclopedias – If you can gain access to a set of encyclopedias, you’ll be able to find out all kinds of useful information about names of flowers.

Names of Flowers – Conclusion

Now that we’ve provided you with a bit of a background on naming conventions, a small list of scientific classifications, and suggestions about where to find names of flowers, you should be well-armed in your search for more information. Floral topics are extremely popular, which means that you won’t be facing a shortage of resources.

Copyright (c) 2008 Brant Florist

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