"I'd like to buy a hibiscus, please."
"OK, would you like a Hibiscus acetosella, coccineus, trionum, mutabilis, syriacus, rosa-sinensis, schizopetalus, sabdariffa, longifolia, citrinus ....?"
There are well over 100 species of Hibiscus, some of which are very zone specific, like the Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, which won't survive in zones any lower than 9!
How about Angel's Trumpet? Are you looking for a Brugmansia or Datura?
Or Bird of Paradise. Do you want Erythrostemon, Caesalpinia, or perhaps a Strelitzia?
Learning Latin names is not as difficult as you might think, though spelling some of them can be quite a feat. Every time I successfully spell out Passiflora foetida var. gossypiifolia, I give myself a pat on the back.
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|Botanical or scientofic names! by NEILMUIR1||Nov 13, 2014 11:15 AM||4|
|Untitled by donnabking||Nov 1, 2014 9:17 PM||1|
|It's always good to know the name by KurtMN||Nov 1, 2014 9:06 AM||1|
|Common names cause confusion by greene||Oct 27, 2014 8:16 AM||0|
|I like the Latin names by Reine||Oct 26, 2014 7:50 PM||0|
|Etymology as a memory aid - and for fun by evermorelawnless||Oct 26, 2014 4:26 PM||5|
|Latin Names as stated by Xerantheum by RCanada||Oct 26, 2014 3:11 PM||0|
|Good advice! by greene||Oct 26, 2014 1:52 PM||4|