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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 (

TaxonLimonium californicum
Family common name(s)plumbago; leadwort; leadworts; thrift
Genus common name(s)limonium; sea-lavender; sea lavender; sealavender; marsh-rosemary; marsh rosemary
Species common name(s)California sea-lavender; California sealavender; California marsh-rosemary; California marsh rosemary; California statice; western marsh-rosemary; western marsh rosemary; coastal statice
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsSan Diego rosemary [var. mexicanum]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxastatice is applied to multiple Plumbaginaceae taxa; California orache is more commonly applied to Atriplex californica
NotesCalifornia is a proper name, so upper case preferable
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcvar. mexicanum (S.F. Blake) Munz
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