Test your knowledge about botanical latin by answering true or false to the following questions. 1. The Latin name of a plant is important. 2. Carl von Linne developed the binomial system of plant names in 1753. 3. Alba, luteus, purpureus and rosea all refer to colours. 4. If you need small shrubs, look for plants with nana in the name. 5. If you prefer native species, favour the specific epithet canadensis. 6. Rubrum, coccineus and amur all refer to the colour red. 7. Rosa rugosa is so-named because it is hardy or rugged. 8. Plants with the specific epithet sylvestris were discovered by the Italian monk Sylvester. 9. A plant with officinalis in its name is the true species. 10. The specific epithet reptans means “creeping”, like a reptile. Find answers on page 47
Is this Calendula officinalis the only true marigold?