Swine's Snout, Nosebleed, and other Weird Plant Names

Jul 26, 2017
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Nosebleed (also known as Yarrow).

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Have you ever heard of these weird plant names? Learn how the plants below got such unique names, then pick up a copy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids to find out more!

Swine’s Snout

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This name is unusual because it refers to not one, but TWO plants. Swine’s Snout is a wildflower, and after the flower has matured and is ready to develop seeds, the flower closes up and resembles that most prominent part of a pig’s face. It’s also another nickname for a dandelion! 

Speaking of which, the name “dandelion” itself is rather strange; it stems from the French dent-de-lion, meaning “lion’s tooth” (a reference to the plant’s toothed leaves)!

Nosebleed

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Also called yarrow, this ferny-leafed plant looks nothing like a nose! However, its leaves have been used for centuries to both stop and start nosebleeds.

Bird’s Nest

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This wildflower gets its name from the lacy clusters of tiny white flowers that often have one reddish-brown flower in the center. Once the flower has been pollinated, the entire cluster forms a cup that resembles a bird’s nest. Bird’s nest is also known as Queen Anne’s Lace and wild carrot.

Bugbane

Bugbane. Photo by H. Zell/Wikimedia Commons
Bugbane. Photo by H. Zell/Wikimedia Commons.

Talk about ominous! This plant gets its name from its long spikes of flowers, which put off a strong fragrance that is said to repel some insects, but attract others. It’s also known by an equally displeasing name: Snakeroot!

For more bizarre plant names, pick up a copy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids Volume 7—available now!

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