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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 (

TaxonEricameria parryi var. aspera
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)ericameria; heath-goldenrod; heath goldenrod; heathgoldenrod
Species common name(s)Parry's rabbitbrush; Parry's rabbit-brush; Parry's rabbit brush; Parry's rabbit-bush; Parry's rabbit brush; Parry's goldenbush; Parry's heath goldenrod; Parry rabbitbrush; Parry rabbit-brush; Parry rabbit brush; Parry rabbit-bush; Parry goldenbush; Parry heath goldenrod
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxagreen rabbitbrush, green rabbit-brush, green rabbit brush, goldenweed, golden-weed, golden weed, goldenbush, golden-bush, goldenbush, rabbit-sage, rabbit sage, rabbitsage, yellowbrush, yellow-brush, yellow brush are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; alkali rabbitbrush is applied to multiple Ericameria taxa
NotesParry is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Parrys is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcChrysothamnus parryi (A. Gray) Greene subsp. asper (Greene) H.M. Hall & Clem.
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