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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 (

TaxonAmaranthus hypochondriacus
Family common name(s)amaranth; amaranths; pigweed; pig weed
Genus common name(s)amaranthus; amaranth; amarant; careless weed; careless-weed; carelessweed; water-hemp; water hemp; waterhemp; flower-gentle; flower gentle
Species common name(s)hypochondriac amaranth; burgundy amaranth; Prince-of-Wales-feather amaranth; Prince-of-Wales feather amaranth
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaPrince-of-Wales feather, Prince-of-Wales' feather, Prince-of-Wales'-feather, Prince of Wales feather, grain amaranth, lady bleeding are applied to multiple Amaranthus taxa; love-lies-bleeding, love lies bleeding are applied to multiple Amaranthaceae taxa; prince's feather, prince's-feather are applied to taxa in multiple families
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