Photo by Melody
It's time now to VOTE in our 14th annual photo contest! Voting ends November 7, so be sure to cast your votes for your favorites in each category here. Good luck to all contestants!

DG Journals and Diaries: Understanding the garden terms for my journal

Communities > Forums > DG Journals and Diaries
bookmark
Forum: DG Journals and DiariesReplies: 2, Views: 8
Add to Bookmarks
-
AuthorContent
lisamr
Roseville, CA
(Zone 8a)

May 8, 2005
4:12 AM

Post #1455360

I understand how to use the journal that's not the problem...the problm is I have no idea the difference between a cultivar or species or what the genus is of a plant. I've read the garden terms for each but I just want to make sure I'm understanding it correctly. So I thought I would give an example and someone can tell me how to enter it in my journal...because I know I entered my plants wrong...but I just wanted to be able to log what I had...until I took the time to learn.

Snail Flower - Vigna caracalla

Snail flower = common name
Vigna = Genus
caracalla = species

What about like hosta's? Would Hosta be the common name or the genus? Or is 'Patriot' the species?

Patriot = common name
hosta = genus

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Lisa

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


May 8, 2005
1:10 PM

Post #1455693

Lisa, you've nailed it on Vigna caracalla.

In the case of Hostas and a few other plants, we commonly refer to them by their botanical name; hence...

Common name: Hosta (or Plantain Lily, if you happen to use that name)
Family: Liliaceae
Genus: Hosta
Species: (blank in most cases, as theyre mostly hybrids)
Cultivar: Patriot

Unfortunately, this situation is an exception to the rule in the US, where we tend to rely more on the non-Latinized common names for plants (you'll also sometimes see common names referred to as "vernacular" names.)
lisamr
Roseville, CA
(Zone 8a)

May 8, 2005
4:33 PM

Post #1456016

Thank you Terry! That really did help clear it up. Now for cleaning up my journal. :-)


Post a reply to this thread:

From:

Your message:

You may upload up to 5 images. Press CTRL to select more than one image file.


Upload Images to your reply

    -



    Other DG Journals and Diaries Threads you might be interested in:

    SubjectThread StarterRepliesLast Post
    Online journal - getting started Terry 219 Apr 1, 2008 1:12 PM
    Journal "wish list" requests here, please Terry 178 Aug 25, 2014 3:44 PM
    The Garden Diary is ready for testing dave 159 Aug 18, 2008 7:51 PM
    "Watching" a Garden Diary dave 18 Jul 2, 2013 7:36 AM
    Using both the journal and diary barbur 4 Sep 28, 2013 6:57 PM


    We recommend Firefox
    Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

    [ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

    Back to the top

    Copyright © 2000-2014 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.
     

    Hope for America