|Coleus 'Vanessa' grown on Vicky's deck.|
Story # 119,
Vanessa always wanted to have a plant named for her. Since she is not a hybridizer of plants, she can’t create one on her own.
I can help her with that.
Plant species, which are all ‘weeds’ somewhere in the World, follow a strict set of rules for naming. The Genus, Species naming system is important to take the chaos out of plant identification.
Hybrid names or selections of certain clones are a little more free form. Names are picked by the hybridizer or originator. Selections that can be commercially grown are given names that fit the marketing program --- ‘Knockout’ Roses. Commercial names used in Europe are often changed for the U.S. market --- ‘Ladyslipper’ Streptocarpus.
I looked for a plant that could be ‘Vanessa’ and decided on Coleus ‘Combat’. It is a European variety listed by an Israeli propagator. It has a wild and crazy foliage pattern which would match Vanessa’s personality. It’s bright and vibrant --- Definitely worth promoting.
If you didn’t get one this year then watch for Coleus ‘Vanessa’ next Spring at Longwood Gardens’ Plant Shop.