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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 (

TaxonPhacelia fremontii
Family common name(s)borage; boragewort; borageworts; forget-me-not; fiddleneck; waterleaf; water-leaf; water leaf; baby-eyes
Genus common name(s)phacelia
Species common name(s)Frémont's phacelia; Frémont's scorpion-weed; Frémont's scorpionweed; Frémont's scorpion weed; Fremont's phacelia; Fremont's scorpion-weed; Fremont's scorpionweed; Fremont's scorpion weed; Frémont phacelia; Frémont scorpion-weed; Frémont scorpionweed; Frémont scorpion weed; Fremont phacelia; Fremont scorpion-weed; Fremont scorpionweed; Fremont scorpion weed
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon phacelia, yellow-throated phacelia, yellow throated phacelia, yellow-throat phacelia, yellow throat phacelia, yellowthroat phacelia are applied to multiple Phacelia taxa; caterpillar-weed, caterpillar weed, caterpillarweed, scorpion-weed, scorpionweed, scorpion weed are applied to multiple Boraginaceae taxa
NotesFrémont, Fremont are proper names, so upper case preferable; Frémonts, Fremonts, Fremon's are errors
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcHydrophyllaceae
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