The Variety Name Lists are lists of names that have been used or proposed for use as variety names for agricultural and vegetable seeds subject to regulation under the Federal Seed Act. The purpose of these lists are to prevent violations of the Federal Seed Act by providing lists of names that have already been used by plant breeders and others who are naming varieties.
Since varieties or variety names do not have to be registered with AMS or any other agency to be sold in the United States, this is not a complete listing of all variety names. We have recorded the variety names from sources such as variety release notices, official journals, seed catalogs, and seed trade publications, as well as names cleared for use by seed companies. As a result, some of the names on the list may not be legal under the Federal Seed Act. There may be errors or omissions. There may be names that were cleared for use but never used.