Plant Names Simplified by Johnson & Smith
Plant Names Simplified is a glossary containing well over a thousand entries giving the pronunciation, derivation and meanings of garden plant names. The aim of the authors was to remove the “awkward obstacle” that these names can present.
This glossary contains well over a thousand entries giving the pronunciation, derivation and meanings of garden plant names. The aim of the authors was to remove the ‘awkward obstacle’ that these names can present. For example:
Dahlia, dah-le-a; named after Andreas Dahl, a Swedish botanist and pupil of Linnæus. Originally (and still in America) pronounced dah-le-a and not day-le-a as commonly heard. All dahlias usually grown are hybrids from species rarely seen in gardens. Half-hardy tuberous herbaceous plants.
COCCINEA, kok-sin-e-a, scarlet
IMPERIALIS, im-peer-e-a-lis, powerful
JUAREZII, ju-a-re-zei, after Juarez
MERCKII, merk-ei, after Merck
VARIABILIS, var-e-ab-il-is, variable coloured
ZIMAPANII, zim-ap-a-nei, after Zimapan.
Plant Names Simplified is a glossary of plant names and their pronunciation and therefore does not include pictures of plants for identification purposes. This plant names book is a reprint of the title that was originally printed in 1931. The book is still incredibly popular which is a true indication of its continued value.