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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 (

TaxonMyosotis sylvatica
Family common name(s)borage; boragewort; borageworts; forget-me-not; fiddleneck; waterleaf; water-leaf; water leaf; baby-eyes
Genus common name(s)forget-me-not; forget me not; forget-me not; for-get-me-not; forgetmenot; forget-me-knot; eyes of Mary; eyes-of-Mary; scorpion-grass; scorpion grass; scorpiongrass
Species common name(s)woodland forget-me-not; woodland forget me not; woodland forgetmenot; woods forget-me-not woods forget me not; wood forget-me-not; wood forget me not; wood forgetmenot; sylvan forget-me-not; sylvan forget me not
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxagarden forget-me-not, garden forget me not are applied to multiple Myosotis taxa; alpine forget-me-not, alpine forget me not are more frequently applied to Myosotis alpestris; scorpion-weed, scorpion weed; scorpionweed are applied to multiple Boraginaceae taxa; wild forget-me-not is applied to taxa in multiple families
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