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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 (

TaxonMyosotis verna
Family common name(s)borage; boragewort; borageworts; forget-me-not; fiddleneck; waterleaf; water-leaf; water leaf; baby-eyes
Genus common name(s)forget-me-not; forget me not; forget-me not; for-get-me-not; forgetmenot; forget-me-knot; eyes of Mary; eyes-of-Mary; scorpion-grass; scorpion grass; scorpiongrass
Species common name(s)spring forget-me-not; spring forget me not; spring forgetmenot; spring scorpion-grass; spring scorpiongrass; spring forget-me-knot; early scorpion-grass; early scorpion grass; early scorpiongrass
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsVirginia forget-me-not [Myosotis virginica]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaearly forget-me-not, early forget me not, early forgetmenot are applied to multiple Myosotis taxa; white forget-me-not, white-forget-me-notst, vernal forget-me-not, vernal forget me not, scorpion-weed, scorpionweed, scorpion weed are applied to multiple Boraginaceae taxa; wild forget-me-no are applied to taxa in multiple families
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