to italicize or not to italicize...Some HELP HERE

Hafsteinn Hafliðason
Mon, 15 Sep 2008 08:02:02 PDT
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jennifer Hildebrand" <>
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Sent: Monday, September 15, 2008 1:14 PM
Subject: [pbs] to italicize or not to italicize...

Hi everyone,

Marguerite and I are proofreading the next editioni of The Bulb Garden, so 
it should be in your hands relatively soon. But we've stumbled across a 
question that we're hoping some of our experts can answer. When should be 
use italics?

The two general rules that I've seen are as follows: 1) A family name is not 
italicized, while a species name is. 2) Common names are not italicized.

One of the articles that you'll soon be enjoying is by Leo Martin; he 
discusses his attempts to garden with bulbs in the Sonoran desert. But this 
article has raised this dreaded italicizing question. He refers to Bearded 
Iris and Oncocyclus Iris. Are these considered scientific names or common 
names? I did not italicize hybrid tulips, hyacinths, and crocus - should I 
have? Meanwhile, I did italicize Lilium, Muscari, and Tigridia. Right or 

Any suggestions that would stop your editors' heads from spinning would be 


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