The Latin Series: B is for Barbata

I really hate to not finish things that I start.  And being a starter type personality (as opposed to a maintainer or a finisher) I start and sometimes don’t finish a-lot of things.  Have you ever thought about if you are a starter, a maintainer, or a finisher?

So one of my 2012 resolutions is to finish a bunch of projects and the Latin Series is one of them.  Honestly, as much as I know about botanical latin, I really enjoy writing the series because I always learn something new and I frequently discover great and interesting new plants in the process.   So, with that, lets keep going…   Do you know what Barbata means?  It means bearded or hairy and generally refers to a visible characteristic of the plant.

Petrocosmea barbata African violets

Take these african violets (Petrocosmea barbata).  They have hairly leaves or Iris barbata with it’s fuzzy bearded flower.   Both barbata…want to see more barabata plants?  Check out my pinterest board B is for Barbata.

iris barbata

(Images from online photographers and African Violet Forum)

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. plantingoaks on January 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    I love your latin series! So that’s one resolution I will certainly support.

    I don’t think I grow any barbata plants…unless iris barbata and iris germanica are the same thing. They’re all so hybridized anyway that I’ve never really thought of bearded iris in terms of latin names.

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