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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 (

TaxonBorago officinalis
Family common name(s)borage; boragewort; borageworts; forget-me-not; fiddleneck; waterleaf; water-leaf; water leaf; baby-eyes
Genus common name(s)borago; borage; burrage
Species common name(s)common borago; common borage; common burrage; cool-tankard; cool tankard; tablewort; tale-wort; tale wort; talewort; tailwort; herb of gladness
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon bugloss is applied to multiple Boraginaceae taxa; bugloss, Virgin's face, starflower, star-flower, star flower, lang-de-beef, langue de boeuf, bee-plant, bee plant, beeplant, bee-bread, bee bread, beebread, bee's bread, bee fodder, St Joseph's staff are applied to taxa in multiple families; ox-tongue, ox tongue are more commonly applied to Helminthotheca
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