Another reason to use botanical names  by  Elizabeth Licata

Narcissus tazetta ‘Erlicheer’ Today a dire message arrived in my email. It was from a bulb company. “This year, there is a continued shortage of Paperwhite Ziva,” it said. Yikes! No narcissus tazetta ‘Ziva’?!! Actually, that’s fine with me. I have not bought this variety for 15 years or more, though I grow tazettas every year. I hate even using the term “paperwhite” because my friends immediately assume I am talking about Ziva, which is ubiquitous in every big box and high-volume mail-order house. And at least two thirds of those friends say, “Eeeww! I can’t have those in the house! They smell like … cat pee/dirty socks/etc.!” Then I have to explain that I don’t grow the paperwhites they’re thinking of. I grow tazettas like ‘Erlicheer,’ ‘Grand Primo,’ and ‘Grand Soleil d’Or,’ which have mild scents. This is why is sucks to have one name used for a whole range of cultivars. What’s wrong with “tazetta?” It’s a cool word. Of course, scent is in the nose of the beholder, and I do know ma..
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