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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 (

TaxonPhacelia grisea
Family common name(s)borage; boragewort; borageworts; forget-me-not; fiddleneck; waterleaf; water-leaf; water leaf; baby-eyes
Genus common name(s)phacelia
Species common name(s)Santa Lucia phacelia; Santa Lucia scorpion-weed; Santa Lucia scorpionweed; grey phacelia; gray phacelia
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsHardham's gray phacelia [Phacelia hardhamiae]; Hardham's phacelia [Phacelia hardhamiae]; Hardham gray phacelia [Phacelia hardhamiae]; Hardham phacelia [Phacelia hardhamiae]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawhite-flowered phacelia is applied to multiple Phacelia taxa; caterpillar-weed, caterpillar weed, caterpillarweed, scorpion-weed, scorpionweed, scorpion weed are applied to multiple Boraginaceae taxa
NotesHardham is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Hardhams is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcHydrophyllaceae; Phacelia hardhamiae Munz
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