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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 (

TaxonHeliotropium amplexicaule
Family common name(s)borage; boragewort; borageworts; forget-me-not; fiddleneck; waterleaf; water-leaf; water leaf; baby-eyes
Genus common name(s)heliotrope; heliotropo
Species common name(s)clasping heliotrope; clasping turnsole; blue heliotrope; summer heliotrope
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacreeping heliotrope, fragrant heliotrope, scorpion-tail heliotrope, scorpion tail heliotrope, scorpion's tail heliotrope are applied to multiple Heliotropium taxa; wild heliotrope, wild-heliotrope are applied to multiple Boraginaceae taxa; scorpion's tail, scorpion-tail, scorpion tail, scorpiontail, wild verbena, purple top, purple-top, purpletop, bluetop, blushwort, turnsole, turn-sole are applied to taxa in multiple families
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