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May 10, 2010


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I really don't like constant changing of botanical names. I wonder if its really worth all the confusion to change ordering just because they are similar genetically. But thanks for this resource to help keep me up to date!


Excellent resource. I guess all the easy names have been taken.


I find many of the new names just don't get lodged in my head like their previous ones did.

On top of this many of the garden centres and other plant suppliers don't use the new names either, so I suspect we will still see (and think) Dicentra et al. for many years to come.

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You're right, VP, it takes a while for the new names to get fixed in our minds. Only last year I heard someone using the name Funkia - it's been Hosta since 1905! I myself seem to have got used to Actaea (for Cimicifuga) fairly quickly but I think the simpler the new name the more quickly it gets taken up... So on that basis it will be a while before Dicentra is replaced.

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