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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 (

TaxonLogfia filaginoides
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)logfia
Species common name(s)California cottonrose; California cotton-rose; California cotton rose; California filago; California herba impia; California fluffweed; California fluff-weed; California fluff weed; California filage
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaCalifornia cudweed, herba impia, cottonrose, cotton-rose, cotton rose, filzkraut are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; cottonweed, cotton-weed, cotton weed, fluffweed, fluff-weed, fluff weed are applied to taxa in multiple families; common sandaster, common sand-aster, common sand aster are more commonly applied to Corethrogyne filaginifolia
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcFilago californica Nutt.
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