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May 8, 2015 12:05 PM CST
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Name: Lori Bright
San Luis Obispo, California (Zone 7a)
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Hi, Thanks for this place, I'm in love with this site. I have a logistics question. I've got my "Plant List" going but all the plants are listed (alphabetically) Common Name first. For me it's backwards. Can I make my list Genus, Species and then Common Name. Those Common Names are such a regional thing.
I love this place either way. So many questions, so much fun.
Thank you, Lori
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May 8, 2015 12:10 PM CST
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Southlake, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Hi Lori, thanks for the kind words about this site!

As for the list, they are actually indeed sorted alphabetically. I know the common name displays first in each plant listing but the overall list is sorted by genus.
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May 8, 2015 2:33 PM CST
Name: woofie
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It IS a bit confusing having the common name show first. Half the time I've never heard of the common name that displays for some of my plants.
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May 8, 2015 3:47 PM CST
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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I agree it would be better to have the genus take precedence over common name in the list and database. But I don't find it that difficult to ignore the common name when searching my list. One thing that might help is, if you are searching for a specific genus in your plant list, use the drop down list that say "view only genus" at the top of the page.

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May 8, 2015 9:46 PM CST
Thread OP
Name: Lori Bright
San Luis Obispo, California (Zone 7a)
Roses Vegetable Grower Cottage Gardener Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Keeps Goats
I get it now. I had only a few plants posted when I wrote. Now I'm up to a hundred and realize
that they WERE Genus first all along. Thanks for all the responses. This place
is so cool!
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May 8, 2015 10:27 PM CST
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