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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 (

TaxonCampanula rotundifolia
Family common name(s)campanula; bellflower; bell flower; bellwort; bellworts; harebell
Genus common name(s)campanula
Species common name(s)bluebell bellflower; blue-bell bellflower; bluebell bell-flower; bluebell bell flower; blue-bell bell-flower; blue bell bell flower; round-leaved harebell; round-leaf harebell; roundleaf harebell; round-leaved bellflower; round-leaved bell-flower; round-leafed bellflower; round-leaf bellflower; round-leaf bell-flower; Scottish harebell; Scotch harebell; Scotch hare bell; Scottish bellflower; Scotch bellflower; bluebell-of-Scotland; bluebell of Scotland; bluebells-of-Scotland; bluebells of Scotland; velvet bluebells-of-Scotland; velvet bluebells of Scotland; Scottish bluebell; Scottish blue bell; Scotch bluebell; Scotch blue bell; Scot‚Äüs-bells; English harebell; American harebell; aul man's bells; flax bellflower; flax bell-flower; gowk's-thumbs
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon harebell, common hare-bell, common hare bell, common harebells, common bellflower, common bell-flower, mountain harebell, wild thimbles, Scottish bells are applied to multiple Campanula taxa; harebell, hare-bell, hare bell, harebells, California harebell, bellflower, bell flower, bell-flower are applied to multiple Campanulaceae taxa; bluebell, blue-bell, blue bell, bluebells, blue-bells, blue bells, heathbell, heath-bell, heath bell, witch bells, witches'-bells, witches' bells, witches bells, witches'-thimbles, witches' thimbles, witches thimbles, blaver, blawort, hair-bell, hairbell, hair bell, lady's thimble, lady's thimbles, lady thimble, Our Lady's thimble, auld man's bells, auld man's bell, calverkeys, culverkeys are applied to taxa in multiple families; English bluebell is more commonly applied to Hyacinthoides non-scripta
NotesScotland, Scots, Scotch, English, American are proper names, so upper case preferable; use of the possessive (bluebell's) is inappropriate
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