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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 (

TaxonScabiosa atropurpurea
Family common name(s)teasel; teaselwort; teaselworts
Genus common name(s)scabiosa
Species common name(s)black scabiosa; black pincushions; near-black pincushions; sweet scabiosa; annual pincushion flower; mourning-bride pincushion flower; mourning-bride pincushion plant; mourning-bride; mourning bride; mourningbride; mournful-widow; mournful widow; consequent roses
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasweet-scabious, sweet scabious, mourning widow, Our Lady's pincushion, pincushion, pin-cushion, pin cushion, pincushions, pincushion-flower, pincushion flower are applied to taxa in multiple families
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