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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 (

TaxonBacopa monnieri
Family common name(s)plantain; plantains
Genus common name(s)bacopa; water-hyssop; water hyssop; waterhyssop; water-hissop; water hissop
Species common name(s)Monnier's bacopa; Monnier's water-hyssop; Monnier bacopa; Monnier water-hyssop; dwarf bacopa; coastal water-hyssop; coastal water hyssop; coastal waterhyssop; coastal water hissop; smooth water-hyssop; smooth water hyssop; smooth waterhyssop; thyme-leaved gratiola; thyme leaved gratiola
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaherb-of-grace, herb of grace, moneywort, money-wort, money wort, baby's tears, baby's-tears, baby-tears, baby tears, babies tears, Indian pennywort, pennywort, penny-wort, penny wort, brahmi, white hyssop are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesMonnier is a proper name, so upper case preferable
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcScrophulariaceae s.l.
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