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A sculpture of Swedish botanist, zoologist and physician Carl Linnaeus stands in the Heritage Garden of the Chicago Botanic Garden, in Glencoe, Ill. Linnaeus created rules for classifying and naming plants. (Julia Rubin/AP)

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If you've been thumbing through a gardening catalog or shopping at a nursery, you've likely noticed two names assigned to each plant, a common name and a botanical name, the latter of which might read like a sort of pretentious, unpronounceable gibberish.

By JESSICA DAMIANO, Associated Press March 2, 2023