Dear Readers, many plants are named after animals. Sometimes it’s because there’s something in the colour of a flower or the shape of a leaf that reminded our ancestors of a particular creature. Sometimes it’s because the word has gradually changed over time, or has been mistranslated. And sometimes, it’s because there’s a particular legend associated with the plant. Whatever the reason, our ‘weeds’ contain a positive menagerie of creatures, and this week I want you to fill in the blanks with the name of the animal that is missing. Simple as that!
So, if you think that the plant in the photo above is a Cat Rose, all you’d have to do is put 1) Cat in your answer. Or alternatively you could put 1) Dog, which would be correct :-).
Update – I seem to have missed out number 11! Just send your answers as numbered, I’ll know what you mean.
As usual, please put your answers in the comments by Monday 5 p.m. UK time if you want to be marked (and name-checked on Tuesday!) or feel free to play along on your own if you’d rather. If you are putting your answers into the comments, I suggest you write them down first to avoid being influenced by anyone speedy who has already submitted their answers.
And have fun! I really enjoyed going back through six years of Wednesday Weeds to find these examples for you, and I could easily have done another twenty. It seems that animals are everywhere!