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Sci-Fi Gardening Answered

I read an article on Dave's Garden a year ago on plants with Star Trek names, and I just adore the idea of having a science fiction themed garden.  Looking through some more plants, I've come across even more plants that would fit within a sci-fi/outer space theme.

  • Darth Vader
  • Saturn
  • Saturn's Rings
  • Solar Flare
  • Solar Shadow
  • Solar Sunrise
  • Vulcan

  • Alien
  • Alien Contact
  • Alien Encounter
  • Alien Escape Pod
  • Alien Invader
  • Alien Landing
  • Alien Skin
  • Alien's Eye
  • Android
  • Android Dreams
  • Andromeda
  • Asteroid
  • Astral Voyager
  • Beam Me Up
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty
  • Ben Kirk
  • Big Dipper
  • Black Hole
  • Borg Technology
  • Cloaking Device
  • First Officer's Log
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Klatuu Barata Nictu
  • Life on Bajor
  • Notify Ground Crew
  • Photon Torpedo
  • Romulan Deflector
  • Spock's Ears
  • Vulcan Logic

  • Captain Kirk
  • Enterprise
  • Foxfire X Philes (just for fun)
  • Galaxy
  • Galaxy Light
  • Gamma Ray
  • Kiwi Milky Way
  • Little Dipper
  • Lunar Eclipse
  • Lunar Orbit
  • Lunar Sea
  • Outer Space
  • Saturn
  • Starship
  • Striker
  • Super Nova
  • Venus
  • Voyager
  • Vulcan

These lists are not complete.  I looked through 5,320 daylily names out of 38,449 on Dave's Garden and then filled in with some names from the article, and I'm sure there are more genuses with sci-fi plants.  The reason why there are so many hostas, daylilies, and coleuses is because they're relatively easy to hybridize and propagate.  I started looking through African violets, but half-way through I was pretty sure I wouldn't find any.  I wouldn't be surprised if there were some more in the Liliaceae family such as with tulips, but phew, that's a lot of plants.

Looking through some of the names, it would be relatively easy to do a Lord of the Rings or fantasy-themed garden.  I even found hostas called "Dot Com" and "Website".  Hybridizers certainly get creative when it comes to names.  I think I'll send my brother-in-law a hosta called "Twisted Sister".

The image is of a basket plant I have.  No neat name, but it looks kinda sci-fi in the picture.


What?  No triffids?

It was recently reinvented for British TV.  Very good update, but not as scary as the 1981 version.

Double link.

Your "link" doesn't seem to work (at least, not on my machine).

That's odd, it still doesn't work...but I was able to copy/paste it and use that.  Weird.   I was having some difficulties also, finding some "clips" or trailers that were "available in my area"    *sigh*

Triffids aren't Star Trek, you are thinking of Tribbles?


I know that - the author didn't limit the idea to Star Trek, though.

No, but I focused more on Star Trek, Star Wars, and generic outer space names.  I didn't include the 'Firefly' hosta, 'Blade Runner' hosta, or the 'Battle Star' hosta just for instance.

Didn't something get named after Terry Pratchett?


I'm not pulling anything in searches right away, but there might be a plant with some sort of reference to his books.  I wouldn't really know because I've never read his work, but there are some gloriously nerdy hybridizers.  I wouldn't put it past someone to do it.