Hurricane Lilies

Leo A. Martin
Thu, 20 Dec 2007 15:51:44 PST
Yes, common names can be confusing. But to anybody living in the hurricane
belt of the USA, there could be no confusion about the name hurricane
lily. Lycoris radiata flowers just at the time of hurricanes. And many
common names are really chosen quite well.

We plant enthusiasts recognize the need for Latin names, but the vast
majority of the gardening public detests Latin names and will not buy a
plant so labeled. That is despite years of enlightened plant masters
hectoring them on their brutish plebeian ways. Might as well recognize the
situation and make the best of it while trying to keep Linnaeus happy.

Leo Martin

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