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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 (

TaxonDelphinium nuttallianum
Family common name(s)buttercup; butter-cup; crowfoot; crowfoots; larkspur; delphinium; ranunc
Genus common name(s)delphinium; cavalier's spur; espuela del caballero
Species common name(s)Nuttall's perennial larkspur; Nuttall's meadow larkspur; Nuttall's slim larkspur; Nuttall's dwarf larkspur; Nuttall's low larkspur; Nuttall perennial larkspur; Nuttall meadow larkspur; Nuttall slim larkspur; Nuttall dwarf larkspur; Nuttall low larkspur; two-lobed larkspur; two-lobe larkspur; two lobe larkspur; twolobe larkspur; two-toned larkspur; two-tone larkspur; early larkspur
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsSonne's larkspur [Delphinium sonnei]; Sonne larkspur [Delphinium sonnei]; Nelson's larkspur [Delphinium nelsonii]; Nelson larkspur [Delphinium nelsonii]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaNuttall's larkspur, Nuttall larkspur, dwarf larkspur, meadow larkspur, slim larkspur, low larkspur, upland larkspur, coast larkspur, coastal larkspur are applied to multiple Delphinium taxa; larkspur, lark-spur, lark spur, lark's-spur, lark's spur, dolphin-flower, dolphin flower are applied to multiple Ranunculaceae taxa; staggerweed, stagger-weed, stagger weed, poison-weed, poison weed, poisonweed are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesNuttall, Sonne are proper names, so upper case preferable; Nuttalls, Nuttal, Nuttals, Nuttal's, Nuttals', Sonnes are errors
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