Free online webinar introduces Latin naming system for plants

URBANA, Ill. – While common names are easy to remember and helpful in describing plants, they often lead to confusion. 

University of Illinois Extension educator Erin Garrett will lead a free online webinar explaining the Latin structure for naming plants. Latin names are assigned to a single species and follow a naming convention.

"Common names can also be misleading when they include the word 'weed' in them since people’s perceptions of weeds vary greatly," Garrett says. "For gardeners and plant enthusiasts, understanding Latin names is a very useful skill."

The webinar begins at 1 p.m. June 9. Register in advance at Make requests for reasonable accommodation to Garrett at as early as possible to meet access needs.

This webinar is part of Extension's Everyday Environment series. These webinars provide new information on natural resources, inspiring small changes in daily lifestyle choices that have a positive impact on the environment.

"There is never a shortage of new things to learn about your everyday environment," says Garrett. 

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WRITERJudy Mae Bingman, Illinois Extension Marketing and Communications Manager
SOURCEErin Garrett, Illinois Extension Natural Resources, Environment, and Energy Educator