Daisy, dandelion, viola, mullein; these are names that many of us are familiar with and use in everyday language!

So what’s the big deal with learning botanical names that sound unfamiliar and are difficult to remember?

Common names can cause confusion when communicating with others, especially when discussing edibility and medicinal qualities of an herb, so it’s important to know and use the botanical name.

The Basics:

Botanical names are italicized and are what we refer to as binomial (two names). The first name is the genera and is capitalized with the species coming second, which is lower case.