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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 (

TaxonStellaria media
Family common name(s)pink; pinks; chickweed
Genus common name(s)stellaria
Species common name(s)common stellaria; common garden chickweed; garden chickweed; introduced chickweed; chick wittles; chickwittles; chickwhirtles; chicken's meat; chickenmeat; clucken wort; cluckenweed; cluckweed; cheekweed; cheek weed; scarwort; mischievous Jack; skirt buttons; white bird's-eye; white bird's eye; little star lady
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon chickweed, stitchwort, starry chickweed are applied to multiple Caryophyllaceae taxa; common starwort, smooth chickweed are applied to multiple Stellaria taxa; chickweed, chick-weed, chick weed, star chickweed, star-chickweed, chicken-weed, chickenweed, chicken weed, starwort, starwort, star-wort, star wort, starweed, star-weed, star weed, satin flower, satin-flower, satinflower, bindweed, bind-weed, tongue-grass, tongue grass, tonguegrass, winter-weed, winter weed, winterweed, adder's-mouth, adder's mouth are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian-chickweed
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcsubsp. media
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