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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 (

TaxonScrophularia californica
Family common name(s)scroph; figwort; figworts; fig-wort; fig wort
Genus common name(s)scrophularia; figwort; fig-wort; fig wort
Species common name(s)California scrophularia; California figwort; California fig wort; California beeplant; California bee-plant; California bee plant; Californian scrophularia; Californian figwort; Californian bee-plant; coast figwort; coast bee plant
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsmany-flowered California figwort [subsp. floribunda]; many-flowered figwort [subsp. floribunda]; many-flowered scroph [subsp. floribunda]; common California figwort [subsp. floribunda]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxabee-plant, bee plant, beeplant, heal-all, heal all, healall are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcsubsp. californica; subsp. floribunda (Greene) Shaw
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