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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 (

TaxonHelianthus annuus
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)sunflower; sun-flower; sun flower
Species common name(s)common annual sunflower; common western sunflower; common wild sunflower; common garden sunflower; garden sunflower; larea-bell; lareabell; larea ball
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in brackets
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon sunflower, annual sunflower, annual wild sunflower, wild artichoke, hairy-leaved sunflower, Kansas sunflower are applied to multiple Helianthus taxa; western sunflower is more commonly applied to Helianthus occidentalis; wild sunflower, wild sun-flower applied to multiple Helianthus taxa; wild sunflower, dwarf sunflower, dwarf-sunflower, dwarf sunflower, dwarf sun-flower, California dwarf-sunflower, wild artichoke, marigold of Peru are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; comb-flower, comb flower, combflower, mira-sol, mira sol, Mary's gold, God's eye, gold, golden, yerba amarilla are applied to taxa in multiple families
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