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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 (

TaxonEuphorbia marginata
Family common name(s)euphorb; spurge; spurges
Genus common name(s)euphorbia; spurge; wolf's-milk; wolf's milk; wolfs-milk; wolfs milk; wolfsmilk; wolf-milk; wolf milk; wolfmilk
Species common name(s)snow-on-the-mountain; snow on the mountain; summer icicle; smoke-on-the-prairie; smoke on the prairie; ghost spurge; ghost weed; ghost weed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxavariegated spurge, mountain spurge are applied to multiple Euphorbia taxa; white-margined spurge, white margined spurge, whitemargined spurge are more commonly applied to Euphorbia albomarginata; annual spurge is applied to multiple Euphorbiaceae taxa; milkweed, milk-weed, milk weed, snow-in-summer, snow in summer, whitetop, white-top, white top are applied to taxa in multiple families
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