What’s in a Name – Buchner in Botany

Flowers bearing the name Buchner

Today I come across flowers containing the Buchner family name.

Could I grow these in a Colorado garden?




Buchnera — a plant genus inthe Orobanchaceae family also known as  broomrape.  This genus was recently moved from the Scrophulariaceae family, also known as the figwort family.

The Orobanchaceae family are predominantly parasitic plants using the roots of other plants for nutrition.  Buchnera are considered hemiparasitic and can produce chlorophyll unlike the holoparasitic plants that rely wholly on other plants.  One of the better known plants in North America is the Buchnera Americana, or American Blueheart.

In the US, there are 4 known plants in the Genus Buchnera according to the USDA Plant Database.

There are estimated 244 plants in the Buchnera genus.  This image shows the distribution of these plants.


Syringa vulgaris ‘Michel Buchner’ Michel Buchner Common Lilac. A lilac with double flowers and quite fragrant.  aka Michael Buchner.  A gorgeous plant.   Check out the picture from the Scottish gardener John Stoa.

Syringa vulgaris ‘Madame Antoine Buchner’ – A pink lilac.


Phlox paniculata ‘Frau Anton Buchner’ – A white phlox.  As quoted from a 1916 Seed Catalogue..  This is one of the finest pure white Phlox. It has a strong habit and produces flowers of an enormous size often larger than a silver dollar and perfect form.

Canna ‘Franz Buchner’ – Franz Buchner canna aka Canna Franc Buchner.  A pink with very narrow cream margin.

Buchnera americana L. – Blue Heart.  Wildflower found in Kansas, part of the figwort family. Named for JG Buchner.

Buchnera Viscos. Clammy Buchnera – A flower described in The Botanical Magazine, 1794.  Part of the Didynamia Angiospermia class and order.

Buchnera Cruciaata Herba – Buchner Plant — A chinese herbal medicine.

Buchnera, buchneri – refered to in a single publication that states it was named German alpine botanist Wilhelm Buchner.


Eduard Buchner – Eduard studied both Chemistry and Botany at the Botanic Institute in Muich.  He won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1907 for his discovery of cell-free fermentation using pulverized yeast called “press juice.”  This juice could ferment sugar without cells being alive, because yeast produces a protein that ferments the sugar outside the wall of a cell.

Also of note, the guy served in a field hospital during world war I where he was wounded.  He died from those injuries at the age of 57.

John Godfry Buchner – I could not find much on JG Buchner other than a plant was named after him with the common name of bluebell, and that he published a book in 1743,  Observations upon the Plants of Saxony.

Peter Buchner – Current German botanist  who works in the Crop Performance and Improvement Division, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden.

Editor of Molecular analysis of plant adaptation to the environment, 2003.

Ralf Buchner – Institute of Botany, University of Vienna

Wilhelm Buchner – alpine botanist,


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Hans Ernst Buchner

Cooking with Flowers — Greet Buchner, 1978

An amateur gardener who loves to watch the garden grow.