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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 (

TaxonPackera clevelandii
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)packera
Species common name(s)Cleveland's ragwort; Cleveland's butterweed; Cleveland's groundsel; Cleveland ragwort; Cleveland butterweed; Cleveland groundsel
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsRed Hills ragwort [Senecio clevelandii var. heterophyllus]; no common name specific to var. clevelandii found
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaserpentine groundsel is applied to multiple Packera taxa; butterweed, butter-weed, butter weed, ragwort, rag-wort, groundsel, groundsell are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended (possibly pejorative or derogatory): squaw-weed, squaw weed, squawweed
NotesCleveland is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Clevelands is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcSenecio clevelandii Greene var. clevelandii; Senecio clevelandii Greene var. heterophyllus Hoover
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