Last Updated On: August 3rd, 2020
Cultivar vs Variety - What is the Difference?
In this podcast, you'll learn the difference between a plant cultivar and a plant variety.
What You'll Learn:
- What a plant cultivar and variety are.
- How to identify a plant as a cultivar or a variety.
- What a plants name says about it if a cultivar or variety.
- Resources and links for more information.
Some of the resources and products below may be affiliate links, meaning we might get paid a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you use that link to make a purchase.
- 6 Common Watering Mistakes and How to Avoid Them - DIY Garden Minute Ep. 146 (podcast)
- Drought-Tolerance Defined - DIY Garden Minute Ep. 104 (podcast)
- Watering Made Easy, Automate - DIY Garden Minute Ep. 3 (article)
- When to Remove Old Mulch Before Adding New Mulch (video)
- Want to get started, but not sure on what? Go to our Start-Here Page!
Cultivar vs Variety - What's the Difference?
Is your plant a cultivar or a variety? It's important when writing or talking about a specific plant. It also tells a story of that plants origin.
Plants names are thrown around a lot without much thought as to if it is a cultivar or a variety.
- is a naturally found plant that can be reproduced by seed that will have offspring with the same flower color or leaf shape or growing form or other characteristic it is known for. It is also written with a capital first letter in italicized font and sometimes has in lower case letters the abbreviation "var." preceding the name.
- an example of a plant variety name is Echinacea purpurea var. Cheyenne Spirit or Cheyenne Spirit Coneflower.
- is short of cultivated-variety, meaning a plant that when reproduced by seed will not usually have the same flower color of plant that it came from, or other defining characteristic of that specific plant. A cultivar usually is reproduced by cuttings or tissue culture. A cultivar name is also written differently than a variety name it is preceded by no abbreviation and isn't italicized, but rather it has single quotation marks around it with a capitalized first letter.
- an example of a plant cultivar name is Osteospermum 'Blue-eyed Beauty' or 'Blue-eyed Beauty' African Daisy.
If you aren't sure where to start learning about garden care, go to our Start Here page at spokengarden.com/start-here .
And, if you have questions about these 5 common garden pests, we are here to help, so please email us.
Thanks for Listening!!!
That's all for this podcast episode! You can find other beginning gardener topics on our podcast page by clicking here or go to SpokenGarden.com and click on the "Listen" tab. Also find us on your favorite podcast platform and smart speaker!
Share Your Thoughts:
- Leave a note in the comment section below.
- Leave comments/ suggestions at Seanandallison@spokengarden.com
- Share our show or follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest.
To Help Us Out:
- Leave a review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help us reach new listeners to help them in their gardens!
*Spoken Garden is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.