Plant Names Database

Welcome to our plant names database! We currently have over 211,000 plant names listed and ready to be searched by English name or botanical names.

When using this database, simply choose the required criteria from the drop downs and click 'Find that name' to view results.

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If one wants a particular type of vegie, or any other plant, one should know both its genus and its species name, to be sure of procuring the right plant.

In addition to the genus and species names, in some cases a third name - that of cultivar - is mentioned. The word cultivar has replaced the term variety originally used in horticulture to indicate a hybrid. The cultivar name is written with an initial capital letter between single inverted commas and always appears after the species name.

Very often the cultivar name describes a characteristic of the plant. For example, Berberis stenophylla is a large shrub, whereas B. stenophylla 'Nana' is a small form suitable for use as a ground cover – the word nana meaning dwarf.

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Most gardeners tend to be put off by the botanical names of plants which are often ponderous, and difficult to spell and pronounce.

The common names are more homely but it is not practical to use only the common names when talking about plants, because in some cases different plants are known by the same common name, thus leading to confusion.

All plants have two botanical names – the first one, spelt with an initial capital letter is the genus name and is equivalent to a surname, whilst the second botanical name which follows it is the species name and can be likened to the first name of a person.

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