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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 (

TaxonHedera helix
Family common name(s)aralia; ginseng
Genus common name(s)ivy; true ivy
Species common name(s)English ivy; European ivy; needlepoint ivy; needle-point ivy; needle point ivy; ripple ivy; common ivy; where God has walked
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaginseng, ground ivy, ground-ivy, groundivy, wild ivy are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesEnglish, European are proper names, so upper case preferable
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