What’s in a Name? Understanding Botanical Nomenclature

We’re introducing the first installment of the Herbarium department, where we’ll explain scientific names of plants and other common botanical terms, such as cultivar vs. variety, to help gardeners better navigate seed catalogs.

Tennessee purple coneflower (Echinacea Tennesseensis) is almost extinct in the wild, and its flowers are more star-shaped than other Echinacea species.
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