It's common practice for
professionals in the green industry to use
formal botanical names for plants. For some novice gardeners this
can prove to be quite confusing, since it can
become a great challenge to memorize the genus and species of all
However, there is good reason to use formal names for plants: Common names can
be vague and often apply to more than one variety of plant. Formal
botanical names are very plant specific and thereby eliminate all confusion.
I've created this page to translate common plant
names to botanical names, and visa versa. Even plant professionals
have to reference this sort of "translation" list on occasion so hopefully
it will serve as a valuable tool for all who visit here.