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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 (

TaxonCrocanthemum scoparium var. scoparium
Family common name(s)cistus; rock-rose; rock rose; rock roses
Genus common name(s)crocanthemum
Species common name(s)peak rush-rose; peak rush rose; peak rushrose; common rush-rose; common rush rose; common rushrose; broom rush-rose; broom rush rose; broom rushrose; broom-rose; broom rose; broomrose
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaBisbee Peak rush-rose, Bisbee Peak rush rose, Bisbee Peak rushrose are most appropriately applied to Crocanthemum suffrutescens; common rock-rose, common rockrose, common rock rose, common sun-rose are applied to multiple Helianthemum taxa; frost-weed, frostweed are applied to multiple Cistaceae taxa; sun-rose, sun rose, rock-rose, rock rose, rockrose are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcHelianthemum scoparium Nutt. var. scoparium
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