Botanical name – This is the scientific name given to a particular plant which helps identify that plant no matter what part of the world you live in or the language you speak. Botanical names are based on Latin, show the relationship between that plant and other similar plants, and often describe characteristics of that plant.

Botanical names are a more accurate way to identify a plant so if you need to be sure you are purchasing or using a certain plant find out and label the plant with its botanical name.

Botanical names should be written in italics. Calendula or Pot Marigold (Calendula) is a flowering annual also used as an herb which is unrelated to the commonly planted flowering annual Marigold (Tagetes). Lemon Mint can be the common name for true mint (Mentha) or for a variety of Monarda (Monarda).

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