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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 (

TaxonDelphinium purpusii
Family common name(s)buttercup; butter-cup; crowfoot; crowfoots; larkspur; delphinium; ranunc
Genus common name(s)delphinium; cavalier's spur; espuela del caballero
Species common name(s)Purpus's delphinium; Purpus's larkspur; Purpus' delphinium; Purpus' larkspur; Purpus delphinium; Purpus larkspur; Purpus-larkspur; rose-flowered larkspur; rose-colored larkspur
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaKern County delphinium, Kern County larkspur are applied to multiple Delphinium taxa; larkspur, lark-spur, lark spur, lark's-spur, lark's spur, dolphin-flower, dolphin flower are applied to multiple Ranunculaceae taxa; staggerweed, stagger-weed, stagger weed, poison-weed, poison weed, poisonweed are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesPurpus is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Purpu's is an error
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