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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 (

TaxonSarcodes sanguinea
Family common name(s)heath; heather; heathwort; heathworts
Genus common name(s)snow-plant; snow plant; snowplant
Species common name(s)Sierra snow-plant; Sierra snow plant; Sierra snowplant; Sierran snow-plant; Sierran snow plant; blood-red Sierra snow-plant; blood-red snow-plant; blood-red snow plant; blood-red snowplant; snow-plant; snow plant; snowplant
Noteswhen Sierra is used as a proper name, upper case preferable
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