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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 (

TaxonRosmarinus officinalis
Family common name(s)mint; mints; peppermint; dead-nettle; dead nettle; deadnettle; lavender; labiatae
Genus common name(s)rosmarinus; rosemary; rosmary; dew-of-the-sea; dew of the sea
Species common name(s)cultivated rosemary; garden rosemary; garden rosmary; culinary rosemary; culinary rosmary; blue-flowering rosemary; blue flowering rosemary; blue rosemary; pink-flowering rosemary; pink flowering rosemary
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