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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 (

TaxonSymphyotrichum chilense
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)symphyotrichum; American-aster
Species common name(s)common Pacific aster; Pacific American-aster; Pacific American aster; coast aster; common California wild aster
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaChile aster, Chilean aster, common California aster, common California-aster, California aster, Californiaaster, blue aster, creeping aster, wetland aster, wild aster, Michaelmas daisy, Michaelmas daisies, it-brings-the-frost, it brings the frost, farewell-to-summer are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; Pacific aster, long-leaf aster are applied to multiple Symphyotrichum taxa; frost weed, frost-weed, frost flowers, frost-flowers, goodbye summer, goodbye-summer, good-by summer are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesPacific, American, California are proper names, so upper case preferable; despite the specific epithet
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcvar. invenustum (Greene) G.L. Nesom; var. medium (Jeps.) G.L. Nesom; Aster chilensis Nees
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