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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 (

TaxonPelargonium zonale
Family common name(s)geranium; geraniums; crane's-bill; crane's bill
Genus common name(s)pelargonium; scented geranium; garden geranium; rose geranium
Species common name(s)horseshoe pelargonium; horse-shoe pelargonium; horseshoed pelargonium; horseshoe stork's-bill
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxazonal pelargonium, zonal geranium, horseshoe geranium, scarlet geranium are applied to multiple Pelargonium taxa
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