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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 (

TaxonArtemisia biennis
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)artemisia; sagewort; sage-wort; sage wort; mugwort; mug-wort; mug wort; wormwort; wormwood; wormwood sage; Artemis herb; Artemis's herb; Artemis' herb; sailor's-tobacco; sailor's tobacco; sailors' tobacco
Species common name(s)biennial sagewort; biennial sage-wort; biennial sage-weed; biennial sagebrush; biennial sage; biennial wormwort; biennial wormwood; biennial worm-wood; biennial worm wood
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaherbaceous sagebrush is applied to multiple Artemisia taxa; sagebrush, sage-brush, sage brush, sage, mountain sage, felonwort, felon-wort are applied to taxa in multiple families
Noteswormword is an error
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