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Common name confusion



I love common names for wild flowers: things like Johnny-go-to-bed-at-noon.

The problem is that they don’t always refer to one plant, but rather to a group of similar plants with a shared characteristic.

More problematic still is when one name is used to refer to completely unrelated plants.

A case in point is centaury. This, to me, is centaury, here on the left.

But what I call knapweed is apparently sometimes referred to as centaury, an aberration insidiously supported by its scientific name being Centaurea.

Long live muddle and confusion in our language.

Knapweed (also known as Centaury)

Knapweed (also known as Centaury)

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