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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 (

TaxonScutellaria lateriflora
Family common name(s)mint; mints; peppermint; dead-nettle; dead nettle; deadnettle; lavender; labiatae
Genus common name(s)scutellaria; scutellaire; skullcap; skull-cap; skull cap; helmkraut; hoodwort; hood-wort; hood wort; hoodwart; mad-weed; madweed
Species common name(s)lateral-flowered scutellaria; lateral-flowered skullcap; lateral-flowered skull-cap; lateral flowered skull-cap; side-flowering scutellaria; side-flowering scullcap; side flowering scullcap; side-flowering scull-cap; sideflowering skullcap; side-flowered skullcap; side-flowered skull-cap; side-flower skullcap; side flower skullcap; side-flower hoodwort; side flower hoodwort; North American skullcap; American skullcap
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxamad-dog skullcap, mad dog skullcap, mad-dog skull-cap, mad-dog skull cap, mad dog skull cap, mad-dog skullcaps, maddog skullcap, blue skullcap, blue skull-cap, blue skull cap, European skullcap, Virginia skullcap, Virginian skullcap, Virginian skull cap, greater scullcap, hooded willow-herb, hooded willow herb, toque bleue are applied to multiple Scutellaria taxa; mad-dog weed, mad-dog-weed, mad dog weed, maddog weed, Quaker bonnets, Quaker-bonnets, Quaker bonnet, Quaker's bonnet, helmet-flower, helmet flower, helmetflower, blue pimpernel, willow-herb, willowherb, willowherb are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesAmerican is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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