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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 (

TaxonPenstemon grinnellii var. scrophularioides
Family common name(s)plantain; plantains
Genus common name(s)penstemon; beardtongue; beard-tongue; beard tongue; bearded-tongue; bearded tongue; beardstongue; beards-tongue; beards tongue; beard's-tongue; beard's tongue
Species common name(s)Grinnell's penstemon; Grinnell's beardtongue; Grinnell's beard-tongue; Grinnell's beard tongue; Grinnell beardtongue; Grinnell beard-tongue; Grinnell beard tongue
NotesGrinnell is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Grinnel, Grinnel's, Grinelle, Grinelle's, Grinell, Grinell's are errors
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcScrophulariaceae s.l.; Penstemon peirsonii Munz & I.M. Johnst.
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