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?
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)
Species: (blank in most cases, as theyre mostly hybrids)
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.)