Plants with Animal Names

Ponytail grass photo with name sign

Grow Your Own Zoo.

Discover plants that have English animal names within or as their common name. Select plants from this list and create your own “zoo” at home by planting Song Bird Columbine, Whirling Butterflies, Ponytail Grass and Lamb’s Ear. Or go for something wilder, by choosing Bear’s Breech, Tiger’s Jaw and Rattlesnake Master!

[Common name, Latin name, zone(s)]

PERENNIALS:
Bear’s Breech, Acanthus, 6
Beebalm – Horsemint, Monarda, 3
Bird-foot Violet, Viola pedata, 4
Bird’s Foot Trefoil, Lotus corniculatus ‘Plenus’, 4
Bugloss, Anchusa, 4
Butterfly Milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa, 5
Catchfly – Robin White Breast – Swan Lake, Silene maritime, 3-5
Catchfly, Lychnis, 4-5
Cowslip, Caltha palustris, 3
Cranesbill, Geranium, 3-5,
Dog-toothed Violet or Trout Lily, Erythronium americanum, 4
Dragonhead, Dracocephalum, 4-5
Fleabane, Erigeron, 3-4
Foxglove, Digitalis, 4
Goatsbeard, Aruncus, 5
Gooseneck Loosestrife, Lysimachia clethroides, 3
Hens and Chicks, Sempervivum, 4
Hummingbird Mint, Agastache cana, 5
Lamb’s Ear, Stachys, 4
Leopard Plant, Ligularia, 4-5
Leopard’s Bane, Doronicum orientale, 4
Lizard Tail, Saururus cernuu, 4
Monkey Flower, Mimulus ingens, 4
Rattlesnake Master, Eryngium yuccifolium, 5
Snail Seed, Cocculus carolinus, 5
Snakehead – Turtle Head, Chelone, 3-5
Snakeroot, Actaea racemosa, 4
Snapdragon, Antirrhinum, 5
Song Bird Columbine, Aquilegia, 3
Spiderwort, Tradescantia, 3-4
Stork’s Bill, Erodium, 7
Tickseed, Coreopsis verticillata, 3
Tiger’s Jaw, Chasmatophyllum masculinum, 5
Toad Lily, Tricyrtis hirta, 4
Toadflax, Linaria purpurea, 5
Veronica ‘Red Fox’, 4
Whirling Butterflies, Gaura lindheimeri, 5
White Snakeroot, Eupatorium rugosum, 3
Wormwood, Artemisia, –

FERNS:
Dragon Tails, Asplenium ebenoides, 3
Ostrich Fern, Matteuccia struthiopteris, 2

GRASSES:
Buffalo Grass, Buchloe dactyloidees, 4
Ponytails Grass, Nassella tenuissima ‘Ponytails’, 7
Porcupine Grass, Miscanthus sinensis ‘Strictus’, 5
Zebra Grass, Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’, 5

SHRUBS:
Butterfly Bush, Buddleia, –
Dogwood, Cornus, 3
Meadowlark Forsythia, Forsythia ‘Meadowlark’, 3
Rabbitbrush, Chrysosamnus, –
Silver Buffaloberry, Shepherdia argentea, 2
Skunkbush, Rhus trilobata, 4
Staghorn Sumac, Rhus typhina, 4