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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 (

TaxonArtemisia norvegica subsp. saxatilis
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)artemisia; sagewort; sage-wort; sage wort; mugwort; mug-wort; mug wort; wormwort; wormwood; wormwood sage; Artemis herb; Artemis's herb; Artemis' herb; sailor's-tobacco; sailor's tobacco; sailors' tobacco
Species common name(s)Norway sagewort; Norway wormwood; Norwegian mugwort; Norwegian mug-wort; Norwegian mug wort; Norwegian wormwood; highland wormwood; spruce wormwood; alpine sagewort
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxamountain sagebrush, mountain sagewort, arctic sagebrush, herbaceous sagebrush are applied to multiple Artemisia taxa; northern sagewort is more commonly applied to Artemisia borealis; mountain cudweed is applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; sagebrush, sage-brush, sage brush, sage, mountain sage, felonwort, felon-wort are applied to taxa in multiple families
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