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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 (

TaxonHypericum mutilum subsp. mutilum
Family common name(s)Saint John's wort; St John's wort; St John's-wort; St Johnswort; St John's-worts
Genus common name(s)hypericum; Saint John's wort; Saint-John's-wort; Saint Johns wort; St John's-wort; St John's wort; St Johns wort; St Johnswort; herb of St John; yerba-de-San-Juan; yerba de San Juan; herbe St Jean; St John's grass; Johanniskraut; John's-wort; John's wort; Johnswort; herb John
Species common name(s)dwarf St John's-wort; dwarf St John's wort; dwarf St Johns-wort; dwarf St Johns wort; dwarf St Johnswort; small-flowered hypericum; small flowered hypericum; small-flowered St John's-wort; small-flowered St John's wort; small-flowered St Johns-wort; small flowered St Johns wort; small-flowered St Johnswort; small-flower St John's-wort; weak St John's-wort; weak St John's wort; river St John's wort
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxamarsh St John's-wort, marsh St John's wort, marsh St Johnswort, small St John's-wort, small St John's wort, slender St John's-wort, slender St John's wort, northern St John's-wort, northern St John's wort, northern St Johnswort are applied to multiple Hypericum taxa; St John's plant, St John' herb, goldflower, gold-flower, gold flower, orange-grass, orange grass, orangegrass are applied to taxa in multiple families
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