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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 canadensis
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)Canadian mint; Canadian wild mint; Canadian field mint; Canada mint; Canada wild mint; North American wild mint; North American field mint; North American corn mint; North American corn mint; American wild mint; American field mint; American corn-mint; American corn mint; American cornmint; American mint
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxagarden mint, tule mint, tule-mint, American wild mint, Japanese peppermint, marsh mint are applied to multiple Mentha taxa; field mint, wild mint are applied to multiple Lamiaceae taxa
NotesCanadian, Canada, North American, American are proper names, so upper case preferable
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcMentha arvensis L. var. canadensis (L.) Kuntze; Mentha arvensis L. var. villosa (Benth.) S.R. Stewart
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