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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 tridentata subsp. tridentata
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)big sagebrush; big sage-brush; big sage brush; big sagebush; big western sagebrush; big western sage; big-leaf sagebrush; bigleaf sagebrush; tall western sagebrush; tall western sage; big mountain sagebrush; common sagebrush; common sage-brush; common sage bush; three-toothed sagebrush; three-toothed sage-brush; three-tooth sagebrush; three-toothed sage; three-tooth sage; three tooth sage; blue/black sagebrush
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasagebrush, sage-brush, sage brush, sage, big sage, Great Basin sage, bigleaf sage, big-leaf sage, big leaf sage, felonwort, felon-wort are applied to taxa in multiple families
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