Friday, October 9, 2009

Tempted by a name

Panic Grass! “Dewey Blue Panic Grass” at that. Wow, how I would love to work that into a garden conversation. Panicum amarum even sounds fun.
Have you ever been tempted to purchase a plant simply because of its name?


  1. Why, yes, I have, several times. 'Pam's Pink' Turk's cap, which I had to get for obvious reasons. Also, squid agave, sharkskin agave, and 'Whale's Tongue' agave---under the sea! I was not only tempted but fell for them and couldn't be happier to have them in my garden.

  2. Osteospermum fruticosum! Doesn't it just roll over the tongue in the most amazing way? Pretty, too.

  3. What about peltoboykinia watanabei?

  4. Pam, a whole under the sea agave collection! I love it!

    ricki, oh very nice!!! Osteospermum fruticosum! I could have a lot of fun with that...

    Teza, peltoboykinia!

  5. Oh there are so many plant names. I like the ones that imply bold growth. Skyrocket juniper (since removed). Skyracer purple moor grass at the last HPSO sale. Tetrapanax I liked anyway but "steroidal giant" had a nice ring. Carex secta was called giant orange sedge - giant my ass, it's so tiny in my yard! Woodwardia fimbriata - the giant chain fern, again, tiny. Disporum cantoniese 'green giant.'
    I just realized. I am a total sucker.


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