A Sticky Willy may not be what you expect to find in a garden centre but it’s just one of a range of plants that boast rude, but laugh-inducing, names.
Online garden centre GardeningExpress.co.uk has compiled a list of the top 10 plants with slightly offensive labels.
Green-fingered fans can now have a giggle in their gardens by planting a range of herbs, flowers and fungi with names including the Shaggy Soldier, the Cockhold Herb and the Family Jewels Milkweed.
Also featured among the list are plants such as the Nipplewort, which is part of the sunflower family, the Sausage Tree, a large African species of plant, and the Stiffcock, a strong-smelling plant found in the Bahamas.
Gone are the days of filling up your outdoor space with the traditional daisies, geraniums and bluebells – growers are now having fun with their gardens by picking unusual plants guaranteed to get their guests laughing.
Chris Bonnett, from GardeningExpress.co.uk, said: “There are a number of plants from across the world that have some rather rude names.
“It’s easy to have some fun with your garden and by planting a species with a funny name, it’s a great conversation starter when entertaining friends outdoors during the summer.
“We certainly had a laugh ourselves when compiling the list – some even look slightly rude too.”
The top ten plants with rude names are:
Latin name: Diospyros Crassenevis
Coincidentally, this strong-smelling plant has strong-smelling leathering leaves that are used to make tea that is claimed to be a herbal form of Viagra.
Latin name: Cary Ovata
A large tree found in the east of the United States and Canada that can grow over 100ft tall. They can also live for up to 350 years.
3. Cockhold Herb
Latin name: Bidens Connata
This plant boasts yellow daisy-like flowers and tufted seeds which attach to fellow plants, fur and clothing to spread.
4. Sausage Tree
Latin name: Kigelia Africana
The easily recognisable Sausage Tree is sacred to many African communities and commonly has large sausage-shaped fruits hanging from its branches. It is often used in herbal remedies as well as for skin treatments.
5. Family Jewels Milkweed
Latin name: Asclepias Physocarpus
This is a tree-like milkweed from South Africa that grows quickly during the warmer months. It forms small mauve and white star-shaped flowers that grow in clusters, which then make way for hairy green round-shaped seedpods.
Latin name: Hyptis Capitata
This is a type of shrub which has a sap used as a powerful antiseptic. It grows in Australia and can grow up to a height of 1.5metres.
7. Shaggy Soldier
Latin name: Galinsoga Quadriradiata
This flower is frequently found growing around cities in the UK and has stems and leaves that take on a hairy look.
8. Sticky Willy
Latin name: Galium Aparine
This plant has creeping straggling stems that grow along the ground and over other plants. They attach themselves with small hooked hairs which grow out of the stems and leaves.
Latin name: Lapsana Communis
An edible plant with a yellow flower that is used as a herbal remedy for nursing mothers, nanny goats and dairy cows.
10. Virgin Thistle
Latin name: Cirsium Virginense
This is a spiky species of thistle that is native to the southwestern parts of the United States, where it grows in dry habitats.