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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 (

TaxonDatura stramonium
Family common name(s)nightshade; night-shade; night shade; nightshades; potato
Genus common name(s)datura; dattura; dhattura; dhatura; jimson-weed; jimson weed; jimsonweed; Jamestown-weed; Jamestown weed; jimpson weed; toloache; tolguacha
Species common name(s)common jimson-weed; common jimson weed; common jimsonweed; common Jamestown-weed; common Jamestown weed; common jimpson weed; jimsonweed datura; purple-stemmed jimson-weed; purple-stemmed jimson weed; purple-stem jimsonweed; purple jimson-weed; purple jimson weed; purple jimsonweed; purple jimson; white jimson-weed; white jimson weed; white jimsonweed; white Jamestown weed; common white jimson-weed; common white jimson weed; common white Jamestown weed; Jamestown-lily; Jamestown lily; jimson-lily; jimson lily; common stramonium; purple stramonium; thorn-apple stramonium; thorn apple stramonium; stramonium; stramony; common thorn-apple; common thorn apple; common thornapple; false thorn-apple; common mad-apple; mad-apple; mad apple; common stink-apple; common stink apple; common stinkapple; stink-apple; stink apple; stinkapple; dewtry; moonflower stinkwort; colenso weed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon datura, wild datura, white thorn-apple, white thorn apple, purple thornapple, purple thorn-apple, purple thorn apple, white thornapple, green thorn-apple, green thorn apple, downy thornapple are applied to multiple Datura taxa; devil's-apple, devil's apple, devil's-trumpet, devil's trumpet, apple-of-Peru, apple of Peru are applied to multiple Solanaceae taxa; stink-weed, stink weed, stinkweed, stinkwort, stink-wort, stink wort, devil's weed, devil's-weed, moonflower, moon-flower, moon flower, trumpet flower, witches'-herb, witches' herb, witches-herb, witch's herb, thorn-apple, thornapple, thorn apple, angel trumpets, angel's trumpets, angel's-trumpet, angel trumpet, angeltrumpet, angel's trumpet flower, Gabriel's trumpet, Gabriel trumpet, trumpet, trumpets, trumpet-flower, trumpet flower, witches'-herb, witches' herb, witches-herb, witch's herb, fireweed, fire-weed, fire weed, psychoweed, white-man's-plant, white man's plant are applied to taxa in multiple families
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