Understanding Our Plant Labels

When you visit the Gardens, you will encounter plant labels on our displays that help you identify and understand the nativity of our plants.

Display Labels

Display labels are generally three lines long.  The first line contains the plant's common name.  The second line contains the scientific name which includes the generic name and the specific epithet.  The third line contains either (1) cultivar name or (2) the nativity of the species and the common family name separated by four spaces.

Special cases

If a plant is listed as having a subspecies, variety, or form, this information goes on the third line, and a fourth line is added which includes either (1) cultivar name, or (2) nativity and family information.

For orchids, the common name is omitted and the scientific name is on the first line.  The second line is reserved for the grex or the family and nativity or the cultivar name for the species.  In some cases, the grex will also have a cultivar name with it, and this would go on the third line.