Butterflies in Mind -- Zinnia
Susan C. Dunlap
A collection of 50 images as if seen from a butterfly’s point of view. Includes the names of native Zinnia species and the most complete list of US butterflies that will feed on Zinnia blossoms.
Butterflies in Mind -- Asclepias
Susan C. Dunlap
“Milkweed is the single most important plant for Monarch butterflies. This lavishly illustrated book contains details about the structure and cultivation of native Milkweeds, information about the 139 nectar-feeding butterflies they...
Butterflies in Mind -- Monarch
Susan C. Dunlap
This abundantly illustrated volume enables you to select from a complete list of well described perennial nectar plants that are known to attract & feed Monarch butterflies. Over 40 genera are described that are suitable to be grown...
Butterflies in Mind -- Perennials
Susan C. Dunlap
Butterflies in Mind - Perennials. This book is a definitive guide to perennial nectar plants preferred by US butterflies. It empowers you to feed, attract, support (and help identify) nectar-feeding butterflies that reside in the US....

Guide to Plant Nomenclature

Aerulean has made a best effort to use the most current accepted names for each plant in our database and to provide you with all the names you are likely to encounter both in professional literature and in the marketplace. We currently use www.ThePlantList.org, The Royal Horticultural Society Plant Finder, The Index of Garden Plants, and the Missouri Botanical Garden as our primary references for official names. An additional resource that is widely respected is www.efloras.org

We provide the following names for each plant:

  • Family
  • Genus
  • Species (including varieties, subspecies, and forms)
  • Cultivar
  • Common name
  • Synonym
  • and, as needed, a 'Selling Name'

The full name for a plant, the plant’s customary binomial, typically looks like this:

  • Genus pecies
  • or
  • Genus species 'Cultivar'
  • When a Selling Name has been applied to a plant, it will be inserted in parentheses following the binomial name that applies to that plant. It will look like this:
  • Genus species (sold as 'xxx')

Aerulean Plant Search™ abbreviates three terms that may apply to a species name: variety, forma, and subspecies. They are presented as var., f., and ssp. Other abbreviations are sometimes found in the marketplace (e.g. the genus name abbreviated to a single letter).

Typographic conventions:
Genus and species are italicized; Genus is capitalized, species is lower case 'Cultivar' names are capitalized in normal type surrounded by single quotes. COMMON NAMES are in all capital letters.

How selling names are used in Aerulean Plant Search:
The selling name is used to capture several non-standard plant-labeling variations that we encountered including:

  1. Use of alternate genus, species, or cultivar names.
  2. Use of a common name, such as cabbage, tomatoes, or citrus.
  3. Omission of a species, e.g. Ceanothus griseus var. horizontalis 'Yankee Point' labeled Ceanothus 'Yankee Point.'
  4. Use of a hybrid identified with just one of the parent species.
  5. Non-standard use of "hybrid," "hybrida," or "x" in the full name.
  6. Spelling or punctuation problems, e.g. hyphens omitted on names of JAPANESE MAPLEs.
  7. Use of a flower color as part of the name, e.g. presented on a plant label as if a species name.