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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 (

TaxonEpilobium obcordatum
Family common name(s)evening primrose; evening-primrose; evening primroses
Genus common name(s)epilobium; epiloby; spike-primrose; spike primrose; spikeprimrose
Species common name(s)obcordate willow-herb; obcordate willow herb; rock-fringe willow-herb; rock-fringe willowherb; rockfringe willowherb; Sierra rock-fringe; Sierra rock fringe; rock-fringe; rock fringe; rockfringe; heart willowweed; rose epilobium; rose willow-herb; rose willowherb; rose willow-weed; rose willowweed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaalpine epilobium, alpine willow-herb, alpine willow herb, alpine willowherb are applied to multiple Epilobium taxa; cottonweed, cotton-weed, cotton weed, willow-herb, willow herb, willowherb, willow-weed, willow weed, willowweed, fireweed, fire-weed, fire weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
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