The Plantain Family

This family has undergone several changes in recent years due to genetic studies. It has expanded considerably and now is considered to contain about 90 genera with over 1,700 species.

Recently, taxonomists have begun moving several of the genera from to this family.

Water Hyssop
Mexican Twist
Twining Snapdragon
Firecracker Plant
Culver's Root

Note on Taxonomy - Plant taxonomy is the art and science of classifying plants into groupings in order to help people make sense of the huge diversity found in the world. The people who do this for a living are called taxonomists. They are continually evaluating and re-evaluating how plants are classified. For example, with the recent emergence of DNA analysis, many plants have been changing classification.

Also, there is no one, single universal classification system for plants. Rather, there is a lot of debate among taxonomists which may lead to confusion for the average gardener. That is why, in these family listings, you often see the words "about" or "around" when counting the number of genera or species to include. It is also why new families are created and some of the old ones suddenly fade away. So, don't be surprised if you find slightly different information at other sites or sources. Oh, well.


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