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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 (

TaxonMertensia bella
Family common name(s)borage; boragewort; borageworts; forget-me-not; fiddleneck; waterleaf; water-leaf; water leaf; baby-eyes
Genus common name(s)mertensia; chiming-bells; chiming bells; chimingbells; languid-lady; languid lady; languid-ladies
Species common name(s)Oregon bluebells; Oregon blue-bells; Oregon bluebell; Oregon blue bell; beautiful Oregon bluebells; Oregon lungwort
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxabeautiful bluebells, tall blue bells are applied to multiple Mertensia taxa; lungwort, lung-wort, lung wort, bluebells, blue-bells, blue bells, bluebell, blue-bell, blue bell are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesOregon is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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