We recently talked about offensive place names changing. What might surprise you is an investigation into potential problems with common plant names. Jaime Frye, a self-professed plant nerd at Newfields (in Indianapolis), recently lectured on plant names, based on a published paper.   

Gardeners, beware! The research focused on plants having Common Names which might be offensive.     

We care because these names might be “othering” or demonstrating aggression or mal-intent towards others. It helps to remember that others face challenges because of who they are; words can hurt them. Learning is a great opportunity to “grow.”     

Offensive names of above images (asterisks replacing “a” in offensive names):  
“Mexic*n Hat” (left); “Indi*n Paintbrush” (middle); “K*ffir Lily” (right)


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