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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 (

TaxonSalvia dorrii var. dorrii
Family common name(s)mint; mints; peppermint; dead-nettle; dead nettle; deadnettle; lavender; labiatae
Genus common name(s)salvia
Species common name(s)Dorr's salvia; Dorr's sage; Dorr salvia; Dorr sage; gray ball sage; gray-ball sage; grayball sage; desert purple sage; purple desert sage; fragrant purple sage; Great Basin blue sage; Ute tobacco sage
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxadesert sage is applied to multiple Salvia taxa; purple sage is applied to multiple Lamiaceae taxa; sage, blue sage, sagebrush, sage-brush, sage brush are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian purple sage
NotesDorr, Ute are proper names, so upper case preferable; Dorri is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcsubsp. argentea (Rydb.) Munz; subsp. gilmanii (Epling) Abrams; Salvia carnosa Douglas ex Greene subsp. gilmanii Epling
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