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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 (

TaxonEriodictyon tomentosum
Family common name(s)borage; boragewort; borageworts; forget-me-not; fiddleneck; waterleaf; water-leaf; water leaf; baby-eyes
Genus common name(s)eriodictyon; eriodicto; yerba santa; yerba-santa; yerbasanta
Species common name(s)tomentose yerba santa; tomentose yerba-santa; woolly yerba santa; woolly yerba-santa; woolly yerbasanta; wooly yerba santa; wooly yerba-santa; wooly yerbasanta; white-leaved yerba santa; yerba Lucia; yerba lucia
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxamountainbalm, mountain balm, mountain-balm, balm, palo santo are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcHydrophyllaceae
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