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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 pycnocephala
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)coastal sagewort; coast sagewort; coastal strand wormwood; beach sagebrush; sandhill wormwood; dune sagewort; dune sagebrush
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacoast sagebrush is more commonly applied to Artemisia californica; coastal mugwort, beach sagewort, beach sage-wort, beach sage, beach wormwood, sandhill sage, sand-hill sage, sand hill sage, sandhill sagebrush are applied to multiple Artemisia taxa; sagebrush, sage-brush, sage brush, sage, beach sage, felonwort, felon-wort are applied to taxa in multiple families
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