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Helpful Tip from the Garden Geeks: Want a tip I give to all my gardening clients? Learn the lingo. Latin names help in identifying a plant more then common names, and they generally have only two parts. First is the genus (a plant group), then is the species (a specific plant in that group). These may be followed by a cultivar name, which is like our personal names. Learning the terms is helpful not only because many of the latin names tell us about the plant (alba means white, stricta means upright) but with the correct name you wont run the risk in ordering "Snow on the Mountain" seeds expecting a Euphorbia marginata and getting "Snow on the Mountain" seeds that is really Aegopodium podagraria.