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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 (

TaxonEriastrum filifolium
Family common name(s)polemonium; polemone; polemon; phlox; gilia
Genus common name(s)eriastrum; woolly-star; woolly star; woollystar; wooly-star; wooly star; wool-star; wool star; woolstar
Species common name(s)thread-leaved eriastrum; thread-leafed eriastrium; thread-leaf eriastrium; thread-leaf woolly-star; thread-leaf woollystar; threadleaf woollystar; thread-leaf wooly-star; thread-leaf wooly star; thread-leaf woolystar; threadleaf woolly-star; thread-leaf gilia; narrow-leaf woolly-star; narrowleaf woolly star; lavender eriastrum; lavender woolly-star; lavender woolly star; lavender woollystar; lavender wool-star; lavender woolstar; threadstem wool star
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxastarflower, star-flower, star flower, blue star, blue stars are applied to taxa in multiple families
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