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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 (

TaxonDaucus carota
Family common name(s)umbel; umbelwort; umbelworts; carrot; parsley; biscuitroot
Genus common name(s)carrot
Species common name(s)Queen Anne's lace; Queen-Anne's-lace; Queen-Anne's lace; Queen Anne's-lace; true Queen Anne's lace; queen's-lace; St Anne's lace; Queen Anne's wild carrot; Queen Anne's wild-carrot; common garden carrot; garden carrot; common carrot; common wild carrot; common wild-carrot; bee's nest plant; bee's-nest plant; bees' nest plant; beesnest plant; crow's-nest; devil's-plague; devil's plague; devils plague; rantipole; dawke
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxabishop's lace, fool's-parsley, fool's parsley, wild carrot, wild-carrot are applied to multiple Apiaceae taxa; carrot weed, carrot-weed, carrotweed, lace flower, lace-flower, laceflower, beggar's-lice, beggar's lice, beggars lice, beggars-lice, bird's nest plant, birds' nest plant, bird's-nest, bird's nest, birds' nest, birdsnest, pasture weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
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