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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 rothrockii
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)Rothrock's artemisia; Rothrock's sagebrush; Rothrock artemisia; Rothrock sagebrush; timberline sagebrush; sticky sagebrush; scrubland sagebrush; White Mountains low sagebrush
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasagebrush, sage-brush, sage brush, sage, felonwort, felon-wort are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesRothrock is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Rothrocks is an error
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