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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 (

TaxonSalvia spathacea
Family common name(s)mint; mints; peppermint; dead-nettle; dead nettle; deadnettle; lavender; labiatae
Genus common name(s)salvia
Species common name(s)California hummingbird sage; California humming-bird sage; California humming bird sage; California hummingbird's sage; California humming-bird's sage; hummingbird pitcher sage; crimson hummingbird sage; crimson pitcher sage; crimson pitcher-sage; red pitcher sage; red pitcher-sage; cañon sage
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxahummingbird sage, humming bird sage, humming bird sage, crimson sage, canyon sage, perennial sage are applied to multiple Salvia taxa; pitcher-sage, pitcher sage, pitchersage, California pitcher sage, California pitcher-sage, California pitcher sage are applied to multiple Lamiaceae taxa; sage is applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcAudibertiella grandiflora (Benth.) Briq.; Ramona grandiflora (Benth.) Briq.
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