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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 (

TaxonConsolida ajacis
Family common name(s)buttercup; butter-cup; crowfoot; crowfoots; larkspur; delphinium; ranunc
Genus common name(s)knight's-spur; knight's spur
Species common name(s)doubtful knight's-spur; doubtful knight's spur; doubtful knights-spur; doubtful knights spur; doubtful larkspur; false garden larkspur; rocket larkspur; old-fashioned single-flowered larspur
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxalarkspur, lark-spur, lark spur, lark's-spur, lark's spur, garden larkspur, giant larkspur, annual larkspur, false larkspur, dolphin-flower, dolphin flower are applied to multiple Ranunculaceae taxa
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcConsolida ambigua (L.) P.W. Ball & Heywood, misapplied; Delphinium ajacis L.
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