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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 (

TaxonCeanothus leucodermis
Family common name(s)buckthorn; buckthorns
Genus common name(s)ceanothus; ceanoto; California lilac; California-lilac; Californian lilac; California mountain lilac; California mountain-lilac; California wild lilac; mountain lilac; mountain-lilac; mtn lilac; wild lilac; wild-lilac
Species common name(s)chaparral white-thorn; chaparral white thorn; chaparral whitethorn; chaparral white-thorn ceanothus; chaparral white thorn ceanothus; chaparral whitethorn ceanothus; white-barked ceanothus; white-bark ceanothus; white bark ceanothus; whitebark ceanothus; white-bark California-lilac; white-bark California lilac; white bark California lilac; white-bark mountain- lilac; white-bark mountain lilac; white bark mountain lilac; whitebark mountain lilac; whitebark lilac; white-stem wild-lilac; white-stem wild lilac; jack-brush; jack brush; jackbrush; Jack-brush; Jack brush; Jackbrush
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawhitethorn ceanothus is applied to multiple Ceanothus taxa; myrtle, whitethorn, white-thorn, white thorn, deerbrush, deer brush, deer-brush, red-root, red root, soapberry, soap-berry, soap berry are applied to taxa in multiple families
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