The Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast, produced and presented by Emma Cooper, is all about growing edible and useful plants in an environmentally-friendly way. It is completely free to download and listen to.
In this episode of the Alternative Kitchen Garden Show I tackle the taxing subject of taxonomy – the naming of plants. Although their common names are easy to remember, it’s the scientific (Latin) names of plants that ensure we’re all talking about the same thing.
I use the example of Rosemary, whose Latin name is Rosmarinus officinalis, to which variety names can be added (the one shown in the photo above is Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Mrs Jessop’s Upright’).
The Latin names for plants can also tell us a bit about what they look like, where they come from or whether or not they’re edible. The Seed Site has a lovely list of the common Latin words used in plant names, which you can use for reference.
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