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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 suaveolens
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)sweet apple mint; sweet apple-mint; pineapple mint; round-leaf spearmint; roundleaf spearmint
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaapple mint, apple-mint, applemint, woolly mint, round-leaved mint, round leaved mint, round-leafed mint, round leafed mint, round-leaf mint, round leaf mint, roundleaf mint, bigleaf mint, water mint, water-mint are applied to multiple Mentha taxa
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcMentha rotundifolia (L.) Huds., misapplied
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