Scientific Names of Plants and Animals

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Scientific Name of Plants
Ornamental Perennials
The following is a list of the common plant names cross referenced to the scientific name of plants. The list represents some of the most popular varieties of perennial plants.
The scientific names of plants is based on taxonomy, the science of plant classification. Each name has two parts, the genus and the specie. This is referred to as the binomial (two names)system founded by Linnaeus, a Swedish botanist. Some species will have a third name, called the subspecies, variety, or form.
You can think of taxonomy as the plant directory of all species. The plant kingdom has over 350,000 species, thus the necessity of an ordered classification system.
• Anchusa myosotidiflora – Brunnera macrophylla
• Anise Mint – Agastache
• Apache Plume – Fallugia paradoxa
• Apple Blossom Grass – Gaura
• Artic Willow – Salix arctica
• Arrow Broom – Genista sagittalis
• Avens – Geum
• Aztec Indian Berry – Duchesnea
• Baby White Swan – Echinacea ‘Cygnet White’
• Bloody Crane’s Bill – Geranium sanguineum
• Blue Cohosh – Caulophyllum
• Blue Indigo – Baptisia australis
• Blue Mist Spirea – Caryopteris
• Bugleweed – Ajuga
• Bugloss – Anchusa
• Burnet, Giant – Sanguisorba tenuifolia
• Bush Clover – Lespedeza
• Bush Morning-glory – Ipomoea leptophylla
• Bush Palmeto – Sabal minor
• Bush Pea – Thermopsis
• Butter Bur – Petasites japonicus
• Buttercup – Ranunculus
• Butterfly Bush – Buddleja, Clerodendron ugadensis
• Candylily – Pardancanda
• Candytuft – Iberis
• Chinese Lantern – Physalis
• Chinese Yam – Dioscorea batatas
• Chocolate Flower – Berlandiera
• Chocolate Vine – Akebia
• Coral Bells – Heuchera
• Cowslip – Caltha
• Daisy, Ox-Eye – Leucanthemum vulgare
• Daisy, Shasta – Leucanthemum
• Dame’s Rocket – Hesperis
• Dwarf Golden – Linum
• Dwarf Palmetto – Sabal minor
• Dwarf Red – Helenium x ‘Rubinzwerg’
• Edelweiss – Leontopdium
• English Daisy – Bellis
• European Elder –

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