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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 (

TaxonCentaurea cyanus
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)centaurea; knapweed; knap-weed; knap weed; knopweed; knop-weed; knop weed; star-thistle; star thistle; starthistle; cornflower; corn-flower; corn flower; barbeau
Species common name(s)common bachelor's-button; common bachelor's button; common bachelor's-buttons; common bachelor's buttons; common bachelors-button; common bachelors-buttons; common bachelors buttons; bachelor's-button cornflower; bachelor's button cornflower; bachelors-button cornflower; bachelors-button-cornflower; bachelors button cornflower; bachelor's-button knapweed; bachelor's button knapweed; corn centaury; garden cornflower; garden corn-flower; common cornflower; common cornflour; corn bluebottle; corn blue-bottle; bluebottle cornflower; blue-bottle thistle; corn-binks; cornbinks; corn binks; cornbottle; corn-bottle; corn bottles; Mary's crown; blue centaury; bluebow; blue-blow; blueblow; cyani-flowers; cyani flowers; break-your-spectacles; French pink bleuette; blue barbeau; barbeau bleu; barbeau bleue; hurt-sickle; hurt sickle; hurtsickle
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxabluecaps, blue-caps, blue caps, bluecap, blue cap are more applied to Githopsis; blue-bonnets, blue bonnets are more commonly applied to Lupinus taxa;, centaury, bachelor's button, bachelor's-button, bachelor's buttons, bachelor's-buttons, bachelors-button, bachelors-buttons, bachelors buttons, bachelors' buttons, wild bachelors buttons, wild bachelors' buttons, brushes, brushed, blaver, blawort, blue-bottle, blue bottle, bluebottle, blue-bottles, bluet, witch bells, witches'-bells, witches' bells, witches bells, witches'-thimbles, witches' thimbles, witches thimbles, ragged sailor, ragged-sailor, ragged sailors, ragged-sailors, ragged robin, ragged-robin, ragged Robin, ragged-Robin, French pink, pink, drunkards, dusty miller, dusty-miller, blue calico flower are applied to taxa in multiple families; blue poppy is more commonly applied to Meconopsis
NotesFrench is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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