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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 (

TaxonMercurialis annua
Family common name(s)euphorb; spurge; spurges
Genus common name(s)mercurialis; mercorella
Species common name(s)annual mercury; French mercury; garden mercury; herb-mercury; herb mercury; mercury herb
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxadog mercury is applied to multiple Mercurialis taxa; mercury weed, mercury are applied to multiple Euphorbiaceae taxa; boys-and-girls, boys and girls are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesFrench is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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