Plant names that evoke memories or lead you into deep thought

By sofs
@sofssu (14485)
October 13, 2015 11:47pm CST
I have come across some plant names that make me laugh, think or even meditate. Yesterday I came a across a post that mentioned Jacob's ladder. Its the name of a plant .. but has a great Biblical connotation and significance for me. We have been discussing the same thing in our Bible study for weeks now. Other names like Mother in laws tongue for sanservera satvia. corpse flower mother in laws cushion for a cactus ( mother in laws are singled out for funny names) Forget me not The wandering Jew Kiss me over the garden gate Lady's slippers Do you know of any funny sounding plants that evoke memories of objects or lead you into thought
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@LadyDuck (147267)
• Switzerland
14 Oct 15
Yes, I remember some unusual flowers name: Bat plant - Monkey Face Orchid - Hot Lips and the simple Buttercups.
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@sofssu (14485)
14 Oct 15
@LadyDuck I haven't seen a bat plant, though the monkey face orchid is a very uncanny looking flower. Hot lips sounds very sensuous and though butter cups are common here the name does bring up some nice images.
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@LadyDuck (147267)
• Switzerland
14 Oct 15
@sofssu The hot lips really look like red woman lips.
@sofssu (14485)
14 Oct 15
@LadyDuck I did see them a little earlier.. amazing.. do you have this plant.. or had this ever before?
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@Rollo1 (16651)
• Boston, Massachusetts
14 Oct 15
How about Forget-me-nots? I wonder who thinks up these names for flowers?
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@sofssu (14485)
15 Oct 15
@Rollo1 I have listed that one.. yes I wonder who on earth comes up with such names.. Kiss me over the garden gate seems a little bit over the bend for a plant.
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@Rollo1 (16651)
• Boston, Massachusetts
15 Oct 15
@sofssu I swear that wasn't there the first time , or maybe it was and I forgot. Now I have to think of another one. Foxglove? I mean, do foxes wear gloves? How about cool plants like Deadly Nightshade? I mean, that would put you off planting it.
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@sofssu (14485)
15 Oct 15
@Rollo1 LOL .. never mind but these two are really good.. imagine foxes with gloves and yeah the creepy deadly night shade. We have a few of the deadly night shade growing in the yard next to ours. How about shoe flower.. how could someone come up with name like that for a beautiful flower?
@allknowing (61635)
• India
14 Oct 15
There are several. We have this weed touch me not, 'mother-in-law's tongue' 'tiger tail' to name a few.
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@sofssu (14485)
14 Oct 15
I haven't heard of Tiger Tail would be interesting to see the plant/flower. Touch me not is quite common here and yes mother in laws tongue is popular too.
@allknowing (61635)
• India
14 Oct 15
tiger tail - acalipha
@sofssu It is actually known as acalipha
@sofssu (14485)
14 Oct 15
@allknowing Okay we call it the cat's tail here
• Preston, England
14 Oct 15
My gran used to keep plants with names like Spider Lillies and Busy Lizzies. I have no idea where the names came from.
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@sofssu (14485)
14 Oct 15
@arthurchappell I do have a spider lily here.. Busy Lizzy is something I have heard of but I am not sure what it is. Yeas these names do conjure up some images.
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@jstory07 (65330)
• Roseburg, Oregon
14 Oct 15
for get me nots is one flower I have heard of. I am allergic to flowers so I do not mau attention o the names of them.
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@sofssu (14485)
14 Oct 15
Just one of those is familiar to you.. Hmm .. looks like you are allergic to names as well.. Just kidding.