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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 (

TaxonAquilegia pubescens
Family common name(s)buttercup; butter-cup; crowfoot; crowfoots; larkspur; delphinium; ranunc
Genus common name(s)columbine
Species common name(s)Sierra columbine; Sierran columbine; Sierra Nevada columbine; Coville's columbine
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxayellow columbine, white columbine, alpine columbine are applied to multiple Aquilegia taxa
NotesCoville is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Covilles is an error; when Sierra, Sierran are used as proper names, upper case preferable
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