A Boy Named Sue: When and Where to Use a Plant’s Scientific Name

Hypochaeris Radicata, hairy or cat's ears dandelion

Why is using a plant’s scientific name important? Especially when common (vernacular) plant names can give you so much more information about the thought process and cultural beliefs of the people that named the plants. The use of vernacular in plant naming is a time-honored tradition that should never be thrown out because of what… [Read More]