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Common (vernacular) names applied to California vascular plants

compiled by Elizabeth Painter

up to date as of May 1, 2016

Common names (also referred to as vernacular names) are applied differently at different times and places by different users. This list is compiled from many sources and is intended to be as comprehensive as possible. It is not intended to indicate which common name is correct or preferred. Please send comments about this page to Elizabeth Painter (

TaxonAntennaria suffrutescens
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)pussy-toes; pussy toes; pussytoes; pussy's toes; everlasting pussy-toes
Species common name(s)evergreen everlasting; evergreen pussy-toes; evergreen pussy toes; evergreen pussytoes; everlasting pussy-toes; everlasting pussy toes; everlasting pussytoes; shrubby pussy-toes; shrubby pussy toes; shrubby pussytoes; Siskiyou everlasting; Siskiyou pussytoes
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacat's-foot, cat's foot, cat foot, cats foot, cat's paws, cat's-paws are applied to taxa in multiple families; everlasting, ever-lasting, ladies' tobacco, ladies'-tobacco, ladies tobacco, lady's tobacco are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian-tobacco, Indian tobacco
NotesSiskiyou is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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