Over the centuries, discoveries and explorations, the asda flowers have often taken their name from their discoverer, scientist or adventurer-botanist. What are they and what is the story of their discovery?
Begun, Robin or Fuchs has passed on to posterity by giving their name to asda flowers that we all know today, and which abound in our gardens.
Here are their origin and some small anecdotes.
The begonia: in tribute to Mr. Begun
Everyone knows the begonia!
With more than 900 varieties listed, this tuberous plant, robust and colorful, is named after Michel Begun, an intend ant of King Louis XIV.
He organized in 1688 a botanical mission in the West Indies but was not the discoverer of this asda flowers. It was a botanist, Father Charles Plumier, who brought it back and gave it this name in tribute to his benefactor, also a great collector of plants.
The dahlia: from Mexico to Spain
Native of Mexico, the dahlia is discovered in the 16th century but will not arrive in Europe, by Spain, until 1789 thanks to Vincentia Cervantes, director of the garden of Mexico who sent it to the abbot Antonio Canailles, botanist to Madrid.
The latter will give him this name in memory of the botanist, and pupil of Carl Von Linne, Anders Dahl, who died that same year 1789.
It was not until 1802, through the French Embassy in Madrid, that the first dahlia plant would join France.
Frangipani: from the flower to the perfume
This refined tropical asda flowers is best known for its intoxicating scent. Native to Central America, it is also found in Asia or on the islands of Hawaii where it grows abundantly.
Originally spelled “Plumier a” in honor of the famous 17th century French botanist Charles Plumier, it was renamed “Plumier” in its Latin classification.
It also bears the common name of “Frangipane”, in memory of the Marquis Pompano Frangipani who created a perfume made from Plumier.
The rudbeckia: thank you Carl Von Linné!
This beautiful and big yellow flower with black hearts that garnishes our gardens in summer until the beginning of autumn comes from Canada!
At the beginning of the 17th century, a French-Canadian settler offered it to English botanist John Trade scant, who introduced it. But it will not find its final name until the eighteenth century thanks to the famous Swedish botanist Carl Von Linne, who gives it the name in tribute to Olof Rudbeck, the man who introduced him to botany.
The Aubrey: from the Middle East to Europe
Present throughout the spring, this little rock flower is often used as a ground cover.
Originally from the Middle East and the Mediterranean basin, it takes its name from the French naturalist painter Claude Aubriet (1665-1742). Known for having illustrated the works of the great botanist Joseph Pitton de Tournefort with whom he had gone in exploration in 1700.
But it was not until the end of the eighteenth century that the French botanist Michel Adanson attributed, in his honor, the name of aubriette to this plant.
The magnolia: magnolia forever!
This beautiful and large spring flower blooms in a tree and has a hundred species.
It was the botanist-explorer Charles Plumier who gave him this name in the early eighteenth century in tribute to Pierre Magnol, botanist, physician and director of the garden of Montpellier, recognized for being at the origin of the concept of “family” in the botanical classification.
Forsythia: flowers, even in winter!
Everyone knows these pretty branches of yellow asda flowers that illuminate the end of our winters!
Originally from Asia (China and Japan), this rugged floral shrub full of sun arrived by the Netherlands in the mid-nineteenth century, but was recorded in botany before arriving in Europe.
Its name bears the memory of the famous English botanist and steward of the Royal Gardens of England, William Forsyth, who died in 1804, the same year that Danish botanist Martin Vahl’s research on this plant was developed.
The lobelie: a long-lasting flower
There are more than 300 species of lobelia around the world.
This perennial flower is adorned with colors both in solid pot and in suspension. Resistant to sun, long-lasting flowering (May to October), it is brought back to the eighteenth century of South Africa.
His name was awarded by Frenchman Charles Plumier in honor of the Flemish botanist Mathias de lobe (1538-1616) who worked on the botanical classification.
The robinia: in homage to the great man!
This tree, also called false acacia by its resemblance with the latter, gives large and pretty white flowers.
It owes its name to the 16th century French, Jean Robin, great botanist of King Henry IV.
Native to North America, the robinia was introduced in 1601 in France after the sending of seeds by the Englishman John Tradescant to his friend Robin who planted them in his Parisian garden.
And it is also the famous Swedish naturalist Carl Von Linné who attributed this name to the plant in 1753.
The fuchsia: “the bush of beauty”
In the shape of a bell, this beautiful flower with multiple colors garnishes the mountains in the spring and adapts to the sun as well as the shade.
Its name comes from the 15th century German doctor and botanist Léonard Fuchs, author of one of the earliest botanical treatises in history.
It was Charles Plumier who brought back from his expedition to Santo Domingo the botanical details of this “new” plant nicknamed by the Indians soft wood, or “bush of beauty”!