Thursday, February 12, 2009

Micro Greens, Yay!


5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If no one has identified your mystery plant, it is an English Dogwood. Lovely and easier to grow than the Native Dogwood tree.
I enjoyed your pictures.
Thanks, Cindy Dufrene

10:59 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Thanks so much Cindy!

10:04 AM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Watch out, Amy - lots of botanical Latin ahead!

When you made that 'What is this?' post a couple of years ago your dad said "English Dogwood" and I called it "Mock-Orange" Cindy says "English Dogwood".

I found out that both names refer to the same thing - shrubs with flat white flowers from the genus Philadelphus, usually Philadelphus indora. The flowers have a strong resemblance to native Dogwood flowers, Cornus florida, in the genus Cornus with the true dogwoods.

Cornus and Philadelphus belong to separate botanical families so your shrub is more closely related to hydrangeas than to true dogwoods.

My guess that whether you say English Dogwood or Mock Orange depends on where you grew up. In the North we always meant some type of Philadelphus when we said "Mock Orange".

But in the South people use "Mock Orange" for the fragrant Philadelphus coronaria, AND for Pittosporum in bloom AND for Murraya paniculata. Maybe that's why you need a separate nickname for Philadelphus indora?

Even when we're more comfortable using a local name, it's good to know the botanical one ;-]

Now what's all this about micro greens?

Annie at the Transplantable Rose
11 AM, February 18, 2009

10:57 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Ha! Annie, my eyes tend to glaze over when I see the latin names. :)
But what an interesting, informative reply, I forced them to focus!

Philadelphus has like 60 species in it and I think the one I have might be the least interesting.
I don't think any butterfly larve are even interested in it and it just looks like a weed most of the year. The leaves and flowers buds are just starting to come out.

From now on I'll impress everyone with the one botanical name I know and call it Philadelphus inodorus!

7:22 AM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Thanks for fixing my typo to
Philadelphus inodorus!

Annie

12:46 PM  

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