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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 (

TaxonAmsonia tomentosa
Family common name(s)dogbane; dog-bane; dog bane; dogbanes; oleander
Genus common name(s)amsonia; bluestar; blue-star; blue star
Species common name(s)tomentose amsonia; tomentose bluestar; woolly amsonia; wooly amsonia; woolly bluestar; gray amsonia; feltleaf amsonia; short-leaved amsonia
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawoolly blue star, wooly blue star, narrowleaf bluestar, narrowleaf blue-star, narrowleaf blue star, blue stars are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcAmsonia brevifolia A. Gray
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