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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 (

TaxonMentha arvensis
Family common name(s)mint; mints; peppermint; dead-nettle; dead nettle; deadnettle; lavender; labiatae
Genus common name(s)mentha; mint; menthe; minthe
Species common name(s)common field mint; European field mint; European corn mint; corn mint; cornmint
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketscreeping whorled mint [Mentha gentilis]; downy whorled mint [Mentha gentilis]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon mint, marsh mint, brook mint, brook-mint, water mint, water-mint, garden mint, tule mint, tule-mint, American wild mint are applied to multiple Mentha taxa; peppermint, wild peppermint are more commonly applied to Mentha X piperita; spearmint is more commonly applied to Mentha spicata; field mint, wild mint, horsemint, horse-mint, horse mint, wild pennyroyal, red mint, wild bergamot, wild bergamont, poleo are applied to multiple Lamiaceae taxa; lamb's-tongue, lamb's tongue are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesEuropean is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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