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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 (

TaxonClarkia williamsonii
Family common name(s)evening primrose; evening-primrose; evening primroses
Genus common name(s)clarkia; fairy-fan; fairy fan; fairyfan; farewell-to-spring; farewell to spring; farewelltospring; herald-of-summer; herald of summer
Species common name(s)Williamson's clarkia; Williamson clarkia; Fort Miller clarkia; Fort Miller fairyfan; Fort Miller fairy-fan; Fort Miller fairy fan
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxalarge clarkia, godetia, Sierra fairy-fan are applied to multiple Clarkia taxa
NotesWilliamson, Fort Miller are proper names, so upper case preferable; Williamsons is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcf. incerta (Jeps.) H. Lewis & M. Lewis
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