Unusual Plant Names: Growing Plants With Funny Names

Growing Plants with Funny Names

What are some unusual plant names? What makes them funny?

Here’s what you need to know about funny plant names.


What are some unusual plant names?

There are many reasons why a name becomes humorous. Some of these include:

The word itself being funny or silly; The fact that it sounds like something else (e.g., “Puff” instead of “puff”); The animal (e.g., “cat”) that comes from the same root word (“cattail”).


Why do they sound so ridiculous? Is there any scientific basis behind their appearance?

Yes! There is a very real scientific reason for the appearance of these names. These names were chosen because they look funny. That’s all there is to it! The best way to explain this phenomenon is through an example. Let’s say you have two friends named Bob and Charlie. Now, let’s say that Bob is very short and stocky, while Charlie is skinny and tall. You call them both Bob, and everyone knows you’re talking about the tall skinny one and the short stocky one because of how they look. Now, let’s say you tell someone about it but you’re in a hurry and can’t give them any more detail than that. They’ll assume you’re talking about the tall skinny one and the short stocky one because of how they look. That’s just what’s happening with these names.


Why are there so many plant names that are funny sounding?

Plants are very diverse, like animals. Some of them are short and squat while others are lanky and tall. This is because of how they grow and the environment around them. These factors determine their height, the thickness of their leaves, and how heavy they are. Just like animals, plants can be stocky or lanky. They can also be weirdly shaped or oddly colored. There are countless reasons why people give them funny names.


What is the difference between these plant names and regular ones?

Plant “names” aren’t really “names” at all. They aren’t specific enough to distinguish between two plants. Rather, they give you a vague idea of what a plant looks like. An example of a regular plant name is the “rose” or the “azalea.” These are general names that apply to a wide range of plants. The plant name “funky cabbage” is not as general. There is only one plant that it can be referring to, unless you’re in an area where it’s used as a common name.


Where can I find more information on funny plant names?

There are many books and websites that list funny plant names. Here are some examples:

Funny Plant Names (link)

The Huge List of Funny Plant Names (link)

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These are just two out of hundreds of books and websites with funny plant names. Having so many names has made the search for a unique one very easy.


What is the best way to incorporate funny plant names into my landscape?

Think about where you want the funny name to go.

Will it be in the front yard, back yard, or in a pot?

Also think about how much time and money you’re willing to spend on this project. Once you’ve decided on these things you can begin your search for a funny plant name.

Sources & references used in this article:

The names of plants by D Gledhill – 2008 – books.google.com

Plant disease: a threat to global food security by RN Strange, PR Scott – Annual review of phytopathology, 2005 – annualreviews.org

Some food plant names in the Niger Delta by K Williamson – International Journal of American Linguistics, 1970 – journals.uchicago.edu

The strange case of Leishmania chagasi. by IL Mauricio, JR Stothard, MA Miles – Parasitology today, 2000 – cabdirect.org

Small fishes in strange places: a review of introduced poeciliids. by WR Courtenay Jr, GK Meffe – Ecology and evolution of livebearing …, 1989 – cabdirect.org

Horticultural therapy: a growing concern, Part 2 by A Goodban, D Goodban – British Journal of Occupational …, 1990 – journals.sagepub.com



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