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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 californica
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)California sagebrush; California sage-brush; California sage brush; Californian sagebrush; California coastal sagebrush; coastal sage; coastal sagebrush; coastal sage-brush; coastal sage brush; coast sagebrush; coast sage-brush; coast sage brush; coast sage; cowboy cologne; cowboy deodorant
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaold man, old-man, oldman are applied to multiple Artemisia taxa; sagebrush, sage-brush, sage brush, sage, California sage, felonwort, felon-wort are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesCalifornia, Californian are proper names, so upper case preferable
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