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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 (

TaxonPolemonium californicum
Family common name(s)polemonium; polemone; polemon; phlox; gilia
Genus common name(s)polemonium
Species common name(s)California polemonium; California sky-pilot; California sky pilot; California Jacob's-ladder; California Jacob's ladder; Californian polemonium; low polemonium; low Jacob's-ladder; low Jacob's ladder; moving polemonium
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxashowy Jacob’s-ladder, showy Jacob’s ladder, showy sky pilot are applied to multiple Polemonium taxa; sky pilot, sky-pilot, skypilot, sky pilots, Jacob's-ladder, Jacob's ladder, Jacobs-ladder, Jacobs ladder, Jacobsladder, skunk-weed, skunk weed, skunkweed are applied to taxa in multiple families
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