12 Gorgeous Nature Names

April 28, 2016 Linda Rosenkrantz

Sure, there are countless beautiful individual flower names and tree names and bird names and gem names, from Magnolia to Maple to Wren to Ruby. But sometimes I think maybe we don’t see the forest for the trees: in other words there are names that encompass entire categories rather than one specific species. Here are some names that take a wide-lens view of the whole garden or woodland or aviary. By Linda Rosenkrantz


The all-encompassing Latin term that covers all the blooms in the garden, the name of the Roman goddess of flowers and spring, who enjoyed eternal youth. A Top 100 name at the end of the 19th century, sweet Flora faded from the list in 1972, but is gradually making a comeback, along with sisters Cora and Dora. We also love the Spanish Flor, the French Fleur and the Italian Fiorello and Fiorella.