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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 (

TaxonErigeron breweri var. breweri
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)erigeron; daisy-fleabane; daisy fleabane; daisyfleabane; fleabane-daisy; fleabane daisy; flea-bane daisy; fleabanedaisy; fleabane-aster; fleabane aster; midsummer-aster; midsummer aster
Species common name(s)Brewer's erigeron; Brewer's daisy; Brewer's fleabane; Brewer's fleabane-daisy; Brewer's fleabane daisy; Brewer erigeron; Brewer daisy; Brewer fleabane; Brewer fleabane-daisy; Brewer fleabane daisy
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxafleabane, flea-bane, flea bane, midsummer daisy, mid-summer daisy, midsummer-daisy are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; flea-wort, fleawort, flea wort are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesBrewer is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Brewers is an error
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