A friend once told me that if a plant was named after the great French explorer & missionary, Father Jean Marie Delavay then it was going to be worth a place in the garden! This has proved to be true time & time again!
He left for China in 1867 & remained there until almost continually until his death in 1895. During that time he sent over 200,000 herbarium specimens back to France resulting in the discovery of over 1500 new species. Many wonderful garden plants carry his name today including this Osmanthus.
(1834 - 1895)