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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 (

TaxonVaccaria hispanica
Family common name(s)pink; pinks; chickweed
Genus common name(s)vaccaria; cow-soapwort; cow soapwort; cowsoapwort
Species common name(s)field vaccaria; field soapwort; cow-soapwort; cow soapwort; cowsoapwort; cow soap-wort; cow soap wort; common cow-cockle; common cow cockle; common cowcockle; Spanish cow-cockle; Spanish cow cockle; Spanish cockle; common cow-herb; common cowherb; Spanish cow-herb; Spanish cowherb; pink cockle; dairy pink; prairie carnation
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacow-cockle, cow cockle, cowcockle, cow herb, cow-herb, cowherb, cow-basil, cow basil, bladder soapwort, China cockle, spring cockle are applied to multiple Caryophyllaceae taxa; soapwort, soap-wort, soap wort, soap-plant, soapplant, soap plant, soap root, soap-root, soaproot, soapweed, soap-weed, soap weed are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesSpanish is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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