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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 (

TaxonPolemonium eximium
Family common name(s)polemonium; polemone; polemon; phlox; gilia
Genus common name(s)polemonium
Species common name(s)Sierra polemonium; Sierra sky-pilot; Sierra sky pilot; Sierra skypilot; Sierra Jacob's-ladder; Sierra Jacob's ladder
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasky trumpet, skunk polemonium, sticky polemonium, showy Jacob's-ladder, showy Jacob's ladder, showy sky pilot are applied to multiple Polemonium taxa; sky pilot, sky-pilot, skypilot, sky pilots, Jacob's-ladder, Jacob's ladder, Jacobs-ladder, Jacobs ladder, Jacobsladder, skunk-weed, skunk weed, skunkweed are applied to taxa in multiple families
Noteswhen Sierra is used as a proper name, upper case preferable
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