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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 (

TaxonCichorium intybus
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)cichorium; chichorium; chicory; chickory; chiccory
Species common name(s)common chicory; common chickory; common chiccory; coffee chicory; coffee-chicory; coffee chickory; coffeeweed chicory; wild chicory; wild chickory; wild chiccory; industrial chicory; salad chicory; Dutch chicory; witloof chicory; witloof chicory; witloof; blue chicory; blue chickory; blue chiccory; blue-sailors chicory; blue sailors chicory; blue-sailors; blue sailors; blue sailor's succory; noxious succory; Belgian endive; French endive; blue-dandelion; blue dandelion; Italian dandelion; radicchio; heavenly way; zhaugonaushaubo
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacoffeeweed, coffee weed, coffee-weed, blue succory, blue-daisy, blue daisy, blue daisies, white endive, wild endive, false boneset are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; bachelor's button, bachelor's-button, bachelor's buttons, bachelor's-buttons, bachelors-button, bachelors-buttons, bachelors buttons, bachelors' buttons, wild bachelors buttons, wild bachelors' buttons,wild bachelor's-button, wild bachelor's button, ragged sailor, ragged-sailor, ragged sailors, ragged-sailors, succory, wild succory, witchgrass, witch-grass, witch grass are applied to taxa in multiple families; endive is applied to multiple Cichorium taxa; true endive is applied to Cichorium endivia
NotesDutch, French, Belgian, Italian are proper names, so upper case preferable
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