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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 (

TaxonWyethia helenioides
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)wyethia; mule's-ears; mule's ears; mules'-ears; mules' ears; mules-ears; mules ears; mulesears; mule-ears; pe-ik
Species common name(s)sunflower wyethia; gray mule's-ears; gray mule's ears; gray mule-ears; gray mule ears; grey mule ears; gray muleears; gray mule's ear; foothill mule-ears; white-headed wyethia; white headed wyethia; white-head wyethia; whitehead wyethia; white-head mule's-ears; whitehead mule-ears; white mule's ear daisy; white-ray mule's-ears; white ray mule's ears; mule's ear daisy; mules ear daisy; mule-ear daisy
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaCalifornia compass-plant, California compassplant, California compass plant, Californian compass plant, mountain mules-ears, mountain mule ears, mountain mule-ears, mountain mule ears, white mule’s-ears, white mule’s ears, white mules ears, rough dwarf sunflower are applied to multiple Wyethia taxa; compass-plant, compass plant, compassplant, poison-weed, poison weed, poisonweed are applied to taxa in multiple families
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