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Would the name of a plant put you off buying it?

B3B3 Posts: 26,964
I noticed the name of a plant on another thread and thought - no, not for me. Even if the name means something nice, or descriptive to a botanist .
In London. Keen but lazy.


  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,052
    If it was called Donald Trump it might put me off, but not general botanical Latin names.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • B3B3 Posts: 26,964
    Or even Donald Turnip😉
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,875
    Rubus cockburnianus eh?

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,126
    A few years ago I was looking for a medium height pale pink rose and a smaller white rose.
    I'd already decided on Gentle Hermione - nice enough with a link to Shakespeare
    The only white one that met my needs was William and Catherine.....  if anyone asks the name I'd feel a bit embarrassed saying it was W&C - as if I'd bought it in celebration of them - it's a nice enough rose though

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,052
    Silybum marianum😁. I haven't seen any coming up yet this year though. Normally it self-seeds well. Sticky willies are appearing all over the place though . And my cuttings of Clematis alpina "Willy" are coming on a treat.......
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,875
    @JennyJ  I love C. alpina ‘Willy’ ... he’s one of my stars on The Shady Bank in the spring 😊 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,669
    Bought my eldest daughter some blueberries, she was horrified they had womens names, thought it was ridiculous, well, things have got to be named something havent they.  With me, sometimes, theres a christian name male or female that has unhappy memories, that might make me think twice, or some of these iritating "Z" lister celebs who have plants named afer them, annoying vacuuse personalities who really do use certain antidandruff shampoo!!!
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 10,154
    Plant and animal names are clearly made up by some very odd people. I was looking up some earwig info a while ago and found that the lesser earwig has the latin name 'labia minor'. :# 
    One day I hope Monty will open up a public poll to name part of his garden and the type of plants that will go there and we can rally support to call it 'The innuendo garden' and have all the comically named plants grown there. His rampant sticky willy will put on quite a display I'm sure. :)
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • strelitzia32strelitzia32 Posts: 767
    "I don't want me no stinking hellebore" (say it like Clint Eastwood)
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,823
    I had an Aster "Kylie" a few years ago (dreadful name).  It kept hanging over the neighbours garden, but I should be so lucky, they didn't complain.
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