Question about Naked Ladies

Alani Davis
Thu, 20 Dec 2007 14:25:52 PST
There are so many name issues relating to common names which is one of the
of the problems with common names. There are so many common names and often
there are the commonest of them but then there are other names common in a
region but not elsewhere. Several places in the southern U.S. I have heard
Zephyranthes atamasco call Easter lilies by "locals". I don't suppose the
confusion there has to be explained. I have heard spider lily used for
Crinum americanum, Crinum asiaticum, and Lycoris radiata as well as
Hymenocallis. There are several obedient plants and milkweed includes more
than Asclepias. There is a plant commonly grown around this area called the
Philippine violet which is a member of the Acanthaceae called *Barleria
cristata.  *It is purple but obviously not a violet and it originates from
India and Burma and just for kicks is also called bluebells. Then mock
orange was brought up; was *Philadelphus *intended or* Pittosporum *meant
since both shrubs are called by that name. *Philadelphus *is also called
English dogwood too which it is neither assuming we all agree with what is
called a dogwood. Being a name nut and really good at digression, I could
drag this on, but instead- I would bring up a frustration relating to the
original topic. That would be the name "South African hybrid Amaryllis"
referring Hippeastrum hybrids presumably developed in Africa and I assumed
named such to separate them from Dutch hybrids. I could not count the number
of people who have expressed that they thought these would not grow in the
southeastern U.S. because they had heard that about the South African *

*Alani Davis
Tallahassee, Florida
Where Crinum are still in flower

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