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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 (

TaxonHypericum calycinum
Family common name(s)Saint John's wort; St John's wort; St John's-wort; St Johnswort; St John's-worts
Genus common name(s)hypericum; Saint John's wort; Saint-John's-wort; Saint Johns wort; St John's-wort; St John's wort; St Johns wort; St Johnswort; herb of St John; yerba-de-San-Juan; yerba de San Juan; herbe St Jean; St John's grass; Johanniskraut; John's-wort; John's wort; Johnswort; herb John
Species common name(s)Aaron's-beard St Johnswort; Aaron's beard St Johnswort; Aarons-beard St Johnswort; Aaronsbeard St Johnswort; Aaron's-beard St John's-wort; Aaron's beard St John's wort; large-flowered St John's wort; large flowered St John's wort; large-flowered St Johns wort
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacreeping St Johnswort, creeping St John's-wort, creeping St John's wort are applied to multiple Hypericum taxa; St John's plant, St John's herb, Aaron's-beard, Aaron's beard, Aaronsbeard, rose of Sharon, rose-of-Sharon, orange-grass, orange grass, orangegrass are applied to taxa in multiple families
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