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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 (

TaxonArtemisia palmeri
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)artemisia; sagewort; sage-wort; sage wort; mugwort; mug-wort; mug wort; wormwort; wormwood; wormwood sage; Artemis herb; Artemis's herb; Artemis' herb; sailor's-tobacco; sailor's tobacco; sailors' tobacco
Species common name(s)San Diego sagewort; San Diego sage-wort; San Diego sage wort; San Diego sagebrush; San Diego sage-brush; San Diego sage brush; Palmer's sagewort; Palmer's mugwort; Palmer sagewort; Palmer mugwort
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaPalmer's sage, Palmer sage, sagebrush, sage-brush, sage brush, sage, felonwort, felon-wort are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesPalmer is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Palmers is an error
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