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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 (

TaxonCeanothus crassifolius var. crassifolius
Family common name(s)buckthorn; buckthorns
Genus common name(s)ceanothus; ceanoto; California lilac; California-lilac; Californian lilac; California mountain lilac; California mountain-lilac; California wild lilac; mountain lilac; mountain-lilac; mtn lilac; wild lilac; wild-lilac
Species common name(s)hoary-leaved ceanothus; hoary leaved ceanothus; hoary-leafed ceanothus; hoary leafed ceanothus; hoary-leaf ceanothus; hoary leaf ceanothus; ceanothus; hoary ceanothus; thick-leaved ceanothus; thick-leaf ceanothus; thick-leaf wild-lilac; thick-leaf wild lilac; thick leaf wild lilac; thickleaf wild-lilac; thickleaf wild lilac; thick-leaf-lilac; thick-leaf lilac; thick leaf lilac
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawhite ceanothus is applied to multiple Ceanothus taxa; thick-leaved lilac, thick-leafed lilac, myrtle, deerbrush, dear brush, deer-brush, red-root, red root, chamise, soapberry, soap-berry, soap berry are applied to taxa in multiple families are applied to taxa in multiple families
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