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.

Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’ has white, daisy-like flowers from early summer into early autumn.
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