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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 (

TaxonGlechoma hederacea
Family common name(s)mint; mints; peppermint; dead-nettle; dead nettle; deadnettle; lavender; labiatae
Genus common name(s)glechoma; glecoma
Species common name(s)common ground-ivy; common ground ivy; common groundivy; ground joy; cat-ivy; cat ivy; gill-over-the-ground; gill over the ground; gillovertheground; gill-go-over-the-ground; gill-go-by-the-ground; gill go by the ground; gill-go-by-the-hedge; gill-run-over-the-ground; gill run over the ground; gill-run-over-grass; gill-run-over; gill run over; gill run by th' grand; gill-run; gillrun; gillale; gill-ale; gill ale; gill ale-gill; ale-gill; ale gill; ale-hoof; alehoof; ale hoof; alehoff; chain-of-coins; crow-victuals; crow victuals; hayhofe; haymaids; hedgemaids; hedge maids; hedgemaid; hedge maid; kaki-dosi; kaki dosi; Lizzy-run-up-the-hedge; run-away-Jack; runaway Jack; Robin-run-in-the-hedge; robin-run-in-the-hedge; run-away-robin; run-away robin; run away robin; tun-hoof; tun hoof; tunhoof; tunhofe; turn-hoof; turnhoof
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxafield balm, field-balm are applied to multiple Lamiaceae taxa; ground ivy, ground-ivy, groundivy, creeping Charlie, creeping-Charlie, creeping Charley, creeping charlie, creeping charley, carrion flower, carrion-flower, cat's-foot, cat's foot, cat foot, cats foot, cat's paws, cat's-paws, creeping Jenny, creeping Jennie, creeping-Jennie, creeping-jenny, creeping jenny, snakeroot, snake-root, snake root, wild snakeroot are applied to taxa in multiple families
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