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Sci-Fi Gardening Answered

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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.

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


Daylily:
  • 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

Hosta:
 
  • 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.

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Kiteman (author)2010-02-03
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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2010-02-04

Wow, I haven't even thought about the Day of the Triffids  for eons now....

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Kiteman (author)Goodhart2010-02-05

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

Double link.

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2010-02-05

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

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2010-02-06
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*
 

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lemonie (author)Kiteman2010-02-03

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

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Kiteman (author)lemonie2010-02-03

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

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AngryRedhead (author)Kiteman2010-02-03
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.
 

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lemonie (author)AngryRedhead2010-02-03

Didn't something get named after Terry Pratchett?

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AngryRedhead (author)lemonie2010-02-03
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.
 

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