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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 (

TaxonSilene hookeri
Family common name(s)pink; pinks; chickweed
Genus common name(s)silene
Species common name(s)Hooker's silene; Hooker's catchfly; Hooker's campion; Hooker's pink; Hooker silene; Hooker catchfly; Hooker campion; Hooker pink; Oregon pink; string flower
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsHooker's glandular campion [subsp. pulverulenta]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacampion, wild pink, catchfly, catch-fly, catch fly are applied to multiple Caryophyllaceae taxa; pink, fringed pink, Cupids-daisy, limewort are applied taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Hooker's Indian pink, Oregon Indian pink
NotesHooker, Oregon are proper names, so upper case preferable; Hookers is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcsubsp. pulverulenta (M. Peck) C.L. Hitchc. & Maguire
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