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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 (

TaxonMirabilis multiflora var. glandulosa
Family common name(s)four-o'clock; four o'clock; four-o-clock; four o'clocks; 4-o'clock; 4 o'clock
Genus common name(s)mirabilis; four-o'clock; four o'clock; four-o'-clock; four-o-clock; four o clock; four-oclock; four oclock; fouroclock; 4-o'clock; 4 o'clock; four o'clocks; maravilla
Species common name(s)many-flowered four-o'clock; many-flowered four o'clock; many flowered four o clock; Colorado four-o'clock; Colorado four o'clock; high desert four-o'clock; high desert four o'clock; high desert four o clock; hardy four-o-clock
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaFoebel's mirabilis, Froebel's four-o'clock, Froebel's four o'clock, Froebel four o'clock, Froebel four-o'clock are most appropriately applied to Mirabilis multiflora var. pubescens (Mirabilis froebelii); desert four-o'clock, desert four o'clock, desert four o-clock, desert four-o-clock, desert 4 o'clock, showy four-o'clock, showy four o'clock, showy four o clock, giant four-o'clock, giant four o'clock, wild four-o'clock, wild four o'clock, wild four-o-clock, rose four-o'clock, rose four o'clock are applied to multiple Mirabilis taxa
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: yerba del indio
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