The Ming Plant was originally called the Purple Vase Plant.
The design of the Ming Plant is extremely similar to that of ordinary sea-anemones. This suggests convergent evolution and the presence of even more similarities.
The "Ming" in its name is likely a reference to its vase-like shape. "Ming Vases" (Chinese porcelain works created during the Ming dynasty) are known in popular culture as extremely expensive vases.
The cracked appearance of the Ming Plant's "vase" resembles the Japanese art of kintsugi, in which broken pottery is repaired with a decorative adhesive, so that the fixed cracks enhance the beauty and character of the piece.