Puzzle Corner: What's in a Name? The Answers

How did you get on last week? Here are the answers with some examples from my garden. The items marked * are shown above.

Latin Name Meaning Example
aquifolius pointed leaves Ilex aquifolium*
balearicus from a group of islands in the Mediterranean sea (The Balearics) Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica*
cirrhosus with tendrils As above
dioicus having male and female organs on separate plants Carex dioica
Echinops/Echinacea from the Greek word for hedgehog Echinacea purpurea
floridus flowering abundantly Miscanthus floridus
Galanthus from the Greek for milk and flower Galanthus nivalis*
hirsuta hairy Primula hirsuta
involucratus having a circle of bracts around the flowers Astrantia major subsp. involucrata*
jonquilla like a rush (i.e. Juncus) Narcissus jonquilla
kermisinus carmine or purplish red Clematis 'Kermesina'
lanatus woolly Lavandula lanata
mollis soft Alchemilla mollis

 Tune in next week for N to Z!


  1. Well I never knew that echinacea was associated with hedgehog! Always learning … C x

    1. Neither did I until I put this quiz together Caro!

  2. Some but not others… oh well!


Post a Comment

I love hearing from you and welcome thoughtful conversations :)

Comments aiming to link back and give credence to commercial websites will be composted!

Your essential reads

Jack Go To Bed At Noon

That blue flower: A spring spotter's guide

Salad Days: Mastering Lettuce

Testing Times: Tomatoes

Salad Days: Salads for Damp Places

The Resilient Garden

VPs VIPs: Derry Watkins of Special Plants

Chelsea Fringe 2014: Shows of Hands - Episode I

#mygardenrightnow: heading into summer with the Chelsea Fringe

Introducing the #mygardenrightnow project