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Another nameless plant

Bacopanonamead-600 Remember last month I was banging on about a plant ad in which they didn’t tell us the name of the plant they were advertising? Well, leafing through the latest issue of Grower Talks magazine this morning – and here’s another.

Referred to throughout as Scopia™, this delightful trailer is more correctly named Bacopa Scopia™ Series – and a very pretty thing it is too. It may even have “the Biggest Flowers in the market!” as the ad claims (not so sure about the “Sensational New Colors”).

But can’t you just tell us it’s a Bacopa?

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Dermot

They just want to flog more plants and they don't care whether we even know what they are. Don't buy them, I say.

jodi

These drive me a bit nuts. Are they Bacopa, Copia, Sutera? I have this one fabulous bacopa I swear by, 'Copia Golden Leaves'. Variegated gold/green leaves and lavender flowers, tough as nails and flowers its head off with only watering by me. Last year, it had snow come down on it in early November and shook that off and stayed looking okay, like a pansy, until a hard cold finally did it in. But some call it Bacopa and some Sutera and it all gives me an irascible headache.

Graham Rice

Botanically - they're definitely Sutera. Although, just to add to the irascibility of your headache, Jodi, some that I grew from wild collected South African seed 15 years ago - with red and brick-orange flowers - were then called Sutera are now called, wait for it, Jamesbrittenia!

VP

I've had a bit of a rant recently about this kind of thing too - about a 'revived' striped Fuchsia from over 125 years ago. The supplier hadn't bothered to say whether it was tender or hardy and judging from the photo, calling it striped was distinctly dodgy too.

They seemed to think I'd like to purchase it based on novelty and price. Harumph.

Graham Rice

VP, you must mean 'Bland's New Striped' - http://tinyurl.com/stripedfuchsia - from Thompson & Morgan UK. First introduced in, wait for it, yes, 1872.

Two things you have to say about T&M: They introduce a lot of good plants (including many they've raised themslves) and they know what to sell and how to sell it.

It's not a hardy type - but to still be around after all these years it must be tough and actually worth growing. I have to say I've never even seen it.

VP

Yes that's the one and to be fair to T&M I have had good plants and service from them in the past, but I was annoyed at the lack of information this time around. It seems to be a growing trend (excuse the pun!) as your example also shows.

Ian

I recall that the original species that first hit the patio plant market back in the 1990's was correctly called Sutera diffusa but a nurseryman simply said 'that just won't sell,' and coined the name Bacopa 'Snowflake'. Sadly this renaming for marketing is very common and confusing! And then there's Canna 'Tropicanna' but that's another story......!

Graham Rice

Ian, if I'm not mistaken, is Canna and tender plants wizard Ian Cooke! Glad to have you aboard. And yes, I'm sure you're right about Sutera diffusa. And, as per my earlier post (http://tinyurl.com/bjlkop), in these hard times the pressure to simply sell will become even more dominant and monkeying around with the names more common. And that will make the RHS PlantFinder (http://www.rhs.org.uk/rhsplantfinder/plantfinder.asp) even more valuable.

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