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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 (

TaxonAlyssum alyssoides
Family common name(s)crucifer; cruciferae; cruciform; mustard; mustards; cabbage; cress; cresses; brassica
Genus common name(s)alyssum; alyssum mustard
Species common name(s)sweet alyssum mustard; calycine alyssum; calycine madwort; pale alyssum; pale madwort; heal-dog; healdog
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasmall alyssum, small alison are applied to multiple Ayssum taxa; gold-of-pleasure, gold of pleasure are more commonly applied to Camelina sativa; sweet alyssum, sweet-alyssum, sweet allysum, sweet alysum, sweet alison, yellow alyssum, healbite, heal-bite are applied to multiple Brassicaceae taxa; madwort, mad-wort, mad wort, healbite, heal-bite, Mary's flower are applied to taxa in multiple families
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