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Perennial Plants Common Names

What do you mean we can't get rid of those weeds in time? Then go over there and put some fancy signs with Latin names in front of them. - Walt Disney


Common names for plants vary widely. Several plants can have the same common name. Let us know if you have any suggestions to add to our list.

Common Name   Botanical Name
Acidanthera   Acidanthera
Adonis   Adonis
African-lily   Agapanthus cultivars
Ageratum hardy   Eupatorium coelestinum
Alkanet   Anchusa azurea
Alumroot   Heuchera
Alyssum   Alyssum
Amazon lily   Eucharis
Anemone Japanese   Anemone x hybrida
Angelica   Angelica
Anise Hyssop   Agastache
Arrowhead   Sagittaria
Artemisia   Artemisia absinthium
Arum lily   Arum
Asia bell   Codonopsis
Aster   Aster spp.
Aster stokes'   Stokesia laevis
Astilbe   Astilbe x arendsii
Autumn crocus   Colchicum
Avena grass   Avena
Avens   Geum spp.
Avens   Geum
Baby's breath   Gypsophila paniculata
Bachelor’s Button   Centaurea
Baldellia   Baldellia
Balloon flower   Platycodon grandiflorus
Bamboo   Arundinaria
Bamboo   Bambusa
Bamboo   Fargesia
Bamboo   Hibanobambusa
Bamboo   Phyllostachys
Bamboo   Pleioblastus
Bamboo   Pseudosasa
Bamboo   Sasa
Bamboo   Sasaella
Bamboo   Sinarundinaria
Baneberry   Actaea
Barren strawberry   Waldsteinia
Barrenwort   Epimedium
Basket-of-gold   Aurinia saxatilis
Bearberry   Arctostaphylos
Bearded iris   Iris, Germanica
Bearded tongue   Penstemon spp.
Bear's breeches   Acanthus spinosus
Bedstraw   Galium
Bee-balm   Monarda didyma
Begonia hardy   Begonia grandis
Bellflower   Campanula spp.
Bergenia   Bergenia cordifolia
Bittercress   Cardamine
Blackberry lily   Belamcanda chinensis
Black-eyed daisy   Rudbeckia
Black-eyed Susan   Rudbeckia fulgida
Blanket flower   Gaillardia x grandiflora
Blazing Star   Liatris
Bleeding heart   Dicentra spectabilis
Bleeding heart fringed   Dicentra eximia
Bletilla orchid   Bletilla
Blood grass   Imperata
Blue buttons   Knautia
Blue Fescue   Festuca
Blue Flags   Iris
Blue moor grass   Sesleria
Blue oat grass   Helictotrichon
Blue poppy   Meconopsis betonicifolia
Blue star flower   Amsonia tabernaemontana
Blue Stars   Amsonia
Blue wild indigo   Baptisia australis
Bluebeard   Caryopteris spp.
Bluebell   Hyacinthoides
Bluebells   Mertensia
Bluet   Centaurea
Boltonia   Boltonia
Borage   Borago
Brass buttons   Cotula
Brodiaea   Brodiaea
Brunnera   Brunnera
Bugloss   Anchusa
Buglossoides   Buglossoides
Burnet   Sanguisorba
Burr reed   Sparganium
Butter Daisy   Coreopsis
Buttercup   Ranunculus
Butterfly flower   Asclepias
Butterfly weed   Asclepias tuberosa
Calamint   Calamintha
Calla lily   Zantedeschia spp.
Calla lily   Calla
Calla lily   Zantedeschia
Camus lily, Quamash   Camassia
Candytuft   Iberis sempervirens
Canna lily   Canna x generalis
Cardinal flower   Lobelia cardinalis
Carpet bugle   Ajuga
Catchfly   Lychnis
Catchfly   Silene
Catmint   Nepeta spp.
Cat's tail   Typha
Celandine   Chelidonium
Celandine poppy   Stylophorum
Celmatis   Clematis
Cephalaria   Cephalaria
Chameleon plant   Houttuynia
Chamomile   Anthemis
Checker-mallow   Sidalcea
Chervil   Anthriscus
Chives   Allium
Christmas fern   Polystichum
Chrysanthemum   Chrysanthemum morifolium
Cinnamon fern   Osmunda
Cinquefoil   Potentilla x hybrida
Clover   Trifolium
Colocasia   Colocasia
Coltsfoot   Tussilago
Columbine   Aquilegia canadensis
Comfrey   Symphytum
Coneflower   Echinacea
Coneflower purple   Echinacea purpurea
Coral bells   Heuchera sanguinea
Coreopsis lanceleaf   Coreopsis lanceolata
Coreopsis threadleaf   Coreopsis verticillata
Cornflower   Centaurea
Corydalis   Corydalis
Cotyledon   Chiastophyllum
Crambe, Kale   Crambe
Cranesbill geranium   Geranium sanguineum
Crinum lily   Crinum
Crocosmia   Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora
Crocus   Crocus
Culver's root   Veronicastrum
Cupid's dart   Catanache
Curled pondweed   Potamogeton
Cyclamen   Cyclamen
Dactylis   Dactylis
Dahlia   Dahlia
Daisy   Leucanthemum
Daisy fleabane   Erigeron spp.
Daisy shasta   Chrysanthemum x superbum
Dame's rocket   Hesperis
Daylily   Hemerocallis spp. H. hybrids
Dead nettle   Lamium
Dead nettle spotted   Lamium maculatum
Deer fern   Blechnum
Delphinium   Delphinium cultivars
Dock   Rumex
Echium   Echium
Edelweiss   Leontopodium
Elecampane   Inula
English daisy   Bellis perennis
English daisy   Bellis
English ivy   Hedera
Erodium   Erodium
Evening primrose   Oenothera
Everlasting pea   Lathrus latifolius
Fairy moss   Azolla
False hellebore   Veratrum
False Indigo   Baptisia
False lupine   Thermopsis
False Solomon's Seal   Smilacina
False spirea   Astilbe
Feather grass   Stipa
Feather reed grass   Calamagrostis
Fennel   Foeniculum
Fescue   Festuca
Flags   Iris
Flame Grass   Miscanthus
Flax   Linum
Fleabane   Erigeron
Floating heart   Nymphoides
Flowering rush   Butomus
Foamflower   Tiarella cordifolia
Foamy bells   Heucherella
Forget-me-not   Myosotis
Fountain grass   Pennisetum
Four-o'clock   Mirabilis jalapa
Foxglove   Digitalis purpurea
Foxtail Grass   Alopecurus
Foxtail lily   Eremurus spp.
Freesia   Freesia
Fritillary   Fritillaria
Frost Grass   Spodiopogon
Galtonia   Galtonia
Garden phlox   Phlox paniculata
Gas plant   Dictamnus albus
Gaura white   Gaura lindheimeri
Gayfeather   Liatris
Gayfeather spike   Liatris spicata
Gentian   Gentiana
Geranium   Geranium
Gerbera daisy   Gerbera jamesonii
Ginger   Asarum
Ginger white   Hedychium coronarium
Ginger wild   Asarum spp.
Glade fern   Diplazium
Gladiolus   Gladiolus
Gladiolus byzantine   Gladiolus byzantinus
Glaucous hair grass   Koeleria
Globe flower   Trollius
Globe thistle   Echinops ritro
Globeflower   Trollius x cultorum
Gloriosa lily   Gloriosa
Glory-of-the-snow   Chionodoxa
Glyceria   Glyceria
Goat's beard   Aruncus dioicus
Goatsbeard   Aruncus
Golden Bleedingheart   Corydalis
Golden Moneywort   Lysimachia
Golden Poppy   Oenothera
Golden saxifrage   Chrysoplenium
Goldenrod   Solidago spp. S. hybrids
Goutweed   Aegopodium
Gramma grass   Bouteloua
Grape hyacinth   Muscari
Green and gold   Chrysogonum virginianum
Gunnera   Gunnera
Hair grass   Deschampsia
Hakone grass   Halonechloa
Hard fern   Blechnum
Hardy gloxinia   Incarvillea
Harebell   Campanula
Heather   Calluna
Helen's flower   Helenium
Heliopsis   Heliopsis helianthoides
Heliotrope   Valeriana
Heliotrope creeping   Heliotropium amplexicaule
Hellebore   Helleborus
Hibiscus   Hibiscus
Hibiscus red   Hibiscus coccineus
Hogweed   Heracleum
Holcus   Holcus
Holly fern   Cyrtomium
Hollyhock   Alcea
Hollyhocks   Alcea rosea
Honesty, Money plant   Lunaria
Horned poppy   Glaucium
Horsetail   Equisetum
Hosta   Hosta spp.
Houseleek   Sempervivum
Hyacinth   Hyacinth
Hyacinth bletilla   Bletilla striata
Hyssop   Agastache foeniculum
Ice plant hardy   Delosperma cooperi
Indigo   Indigofera
Interrupted fern   Osmunda
Ipheion   Ipheion
Iris   Iris cristata
Iris   Iris
Iris Japanese roof   Iris tectorum
Ironweed   Vernonia
Ixia   Ixia
Ixiolirion   Ixiolirion
Jack-in-the-pulpit   Arisaema
Jacob's ladder   Polemonium
Jacob's rod   Asphodeline
Japanese Aster   Kalimeris
Joe-pye weed   Eupatorium
Johnny Jump up   Viola
Kaffir lily   Schizostylis coccinea
Kenilworth ivy   Cymbalaria
Knotweed   Polygonum spp.
Lady Fern   Athyrium
Lady’s Mantle   Alchemilla
Ladybells   Adenophora
Lady's mantle   Alchemilla mollis
Lady's Mantle   Alchemilla
Lamb's-ears   Stachys byzantina
Lantana   Lantana camera
Larkspur   Delphinium spp.
Lavender   Lavandula angustifolia
Lavender cotton   Santolina
Leadwort   Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
Lenten rose   Helleborus orientalis
Leopard plant   Ligularia tussilaginea
Leopard's bane   Doronicum spp.
Lewisia   Lewisia
Ligularia   Ligularia stenocephala
Ligularia   Ligularia
Lily of the Valley   Convallaria
Lily peruvian   Alstroemeria hybrids
Lily-turf   Liriope
Live Forever   Sedum
Liverleaf,Hepatica   Hepatica
Loosestrife   Lysimachia
Loosestrife   Lythrum
Loosestrife gooseneck   Lysimachia clethroides
Loosestrife purple   Lythrum salicaria
Lotus   Lotus
Lungwort   Pulmonaria saccharata
Lupine   Lupinus spp.
Lupine southern   Thermopsis caroliniana
Lyme grass   Leymus
Maiden grass   Miscanthus
Maidenhair fern   Adiantum
Mallow   Malva
Maltese cross   Lychnis chalcedonica
Marsh fern   Thelypteris
Marsh mallow   Althaea
Marsh marigold   Caltha palustris
Marsh orchid   Dactylorhiza
Masterwort   Astrantia
Meadow rue   Thalictrum
Meadow-rue   Thalictrum aquilegifolium
Meadowsweet   Filipendula palmata
Mealy-cup sage   Salvia farinacea
Melic grass   Melica
Merry bells, Bellwort   Uvularia
Michaelmas Daisy   Aster
Milfoil   Myriophyllum
Mimulus   Mimulus
Mini. sweet flag   Acorus
Mint   Mentha
Mock strawberry   Duchesnea
Mondo grass   Ophiopogon
Monkshood   Aconitum spp.
Moor grass   Molinia
Moss phlox   Phlox subulata
Mountain avens   Dryas
Mountain bluet   Centaurea montana
Mt. Atlas Daisy   Anacyclus
Mullein   Verbascum spp.
Narcissus   Narcissus
Navel-seed   Omphalodes
Nerine lily   Nerine
New Zealand burr   Acaena
Nightshade   Solanum
Oat Grass   Arrhenatherum
Obedient plant   Physostegia virginiana
Oregano   Origanum
Ornamental Onion   Allium
Osmunda   Osmunda
Ostrich fern   Matteuccia
Oxalis   Oxalis crassipes
Oxeye   Buphthalmum
Painted daisy   Pyrethrum
Pampas grass   Cortaderia
Panic grass   Panicum
Pasque flower   Pulsatilla
Pearlwort   Sagina
Pearly everlasting   Anaphalis spp.
Pennywort   Hydrocotyle
Peony   Paeonia hybrids
Per. sunflower   Helianthus
Perennial pea   Lathyrus
Perennial Petunia   Ruellia
Periwinkle   Vinca
Persicaria   Persicaria
Peruvian Lily   Alstroemeria
Petasites   Petasites
Phlomis   Phlomis
Phlox   Phlox
Pickerel weed   Pontderia
Pimpernel   Anagallis
Pincushion flower   Scabiosa caucasica
Pineapple lily   Eucomis
Pinks   Dianthus spp.
Pinks, Thrift   Dianthus
Plantain   Plantago
Plantain Lily   Hosta
Plume poppy   Macleaya
Plumed thistle   Cirsium
Pokeweed   Phytolacca
Polypody fern   Polypodium
Poppy   Papaver spp.
Poppy opium   Papaver somniferum
Primrose   Primula x polyantha
Primrose   Primula
Primrose   Oenothera
Primrose cowslip   Primula veris
Primrose showy evening   Oenothera speciosa
Puschkinia   Puschkinia
Pussy toes   Antennaria
Pyrethrum   Pyrethrum roseum = C. coccineum
Quaking grass   Briza
Queen Anne’s Lace   Daucus
Ratibida   Ratibida
Red hot poker   Kniphofia uvaria
Red valerian   Centranthus ruber
Reed   Phragmites
Rhubarb   Rheum
Ribbon grass   Phalaris
Rock cress   Aubretia
Rock jasmine   Androsace
Rockcress   Arabis
Rodgersia   Rodgersia spp.
Rodgersia   Astilboides
Rodgersia   Rodgersia
Rose   Rosa
Rose campion   Lychnis coronaria
Rose mallow   Hibiscus moscheutos
Rosemary   Rosmarinus
Royal fern   Osmunda
Rue   Ruta
Rush   Juncus
Russian Sage   Perovskia atriplicifolia
Sage   Salvia
Sage   Salvia
Sage hybrid   Salvia x superba
Sage Russian   Perovskia atriplicifolia
Sage sky-blue   Salvia uliginosa
Sage velvet   Salvia leucantha
Saxifrage   Bergenia
Saxifrage   Saxifraga
Scabious   Scabiosa
Scirpus   Scirpus
Scotch Thistle   Onopordum
Sea holly   Eryngium spp.
Sea lavender   Limonium latifolium
Sea Oats   Chasmanthium
Sea thrift   Armeria maritima
Sedge   Carex
Sedge   Cyperus
Self-heal   Prunella x webbiana
Senecio   Senecio
Sensitive fern   Onoclea
Shasta Daisy   Leucanthemum
Shield fern   Polystichum
Shooting star   Dodecatheon
Silver Mound   Artemisia
Skullcap   Scutellaria
Skunk cabbage   Lysichiton
Skunk cabbage   Symplocarpos
Snakeroot   Cimicifuga
Sneezeweed   Helenium autumnale
Snowdrops   Galanthus
Snowflake   Leucojum
Snow-in-summer   Cerastium
Soapwort   Saponaria officinalis
Soft needle fern   Polystichum
Solomon' s seal   Polygonatum
Solomon's seal   Polygonatum biflorum
Spartina   Spartina
Speedwell   Veronica
Spider lily   Hymenocallis
Spiderwort   Tradescantia x andersonii
Spleenwort   Asplenium
Spurge   Euphorbia spp.
Spurge   Pachysandra
Squill   Scilla
St. John's wort   Hypericum
Stachys   Stachys
Star-of-Bethelem   Ornithogalum
Statice   Limonium spp.
Stokes's aster   Stokesia
Stonecrop   Sedum spp.
Strawberry   Fragraria
Strawberry geranium   Saxifraga stolonifera
Sundrops   Oenothera fruticosa
Sunflower   Helianthus spp.
Sun-rose   Helianthemum
Sweet flag grass   Acorus
Switchgrass   Panicum
Tansy   Chrysanthemum
Tassel fern   Polystichum
Thrift   Armeria
Thyme   Thymus
Tickseed   Coreopsis
Toad lily   Tricyrtis
Toadflax   Linaria
Torch lily, Tritoma   Kniphofia
Tovara   Tovara
Tree mallow   Lavatera
Triteleia   Triteleia
Tritonia   Tritonia
Trout lily   Erythronium
Tulip   Tulipa
Turk's turban   Malvaviscus arboreus
Turtlehead   Chelone
Tweedia   Oxypetalum caeruleum = Tweedia caerulea
Umbrella plant   Darmera
Valerian   Centranthus
Valerian   Valeriana
Verbena brazilian   Verbena bonariensis
Verbena clump   Verbena canadensis
Verbena moss   Verbena tenuisecta
Verbena rigid   Verbena rigida
Veronica   Veronica spp.
Vervain   Verbena
Viola, Pansy   Viola
Violet   Viola spp.
Virginia bluebells   Mertensia virginica
Wake robin   Trillium
Wall flower   Cheiranthus
Water hyacinth   Eichhornia
Water lettuce   Pistia
Water lily   Nymphaea
Water plantain   Alisma
Water soldier   Stratiotes
Whitlow grass   Draba
Wild ginger   Asarum
Wild rye   Elymus
Willow herb   Epilobium
Wind flower   Zephyranthes
Windflower   Anemone
Windflower   Gaura
Winter aconite   Eranthis
Wood fern   Dryopteris
Wood oat grass   Chasmanthium
Wood, male fern   Dryopteris
Woodrush   Luzula
Woodsia fern   Woodsia
Wormwood   Artemisia
Yarrow   Achillea spp.
Yellow archangel   Lamiastrum
Yellow loosestrife   Lysimachia punctata
Yellow pond lily   Nuphar
Yellow waxbells   Kirengeshoma
Yucca   Yucca

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