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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 (

TaxonVinca major
Family common name(s)dogbane; dog-bane; dog bane; dogbanes; oleander
Genus common name(s)vinca
Species common name(s)greater periwinkle; large periwinkle; big periwinkle; big-leaved periwinkle; big-leafed periwinkle; big-leaf periwinkle; bigleaf periwinkle; big leaf periwinkle; large-leaved periwinkle; large-leaf periwinkle; large leaf periwinkle; largeleaf periwinkle; blue periwinkle; bigleaf vinca; large leaf vinca; band-plant; band plant; grave-myrtle; sorcerer's violet; sorcerer violet
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon periwinkle is most frequently applied to Vinca minor; periwinkle is applied to taxa in multiple families; devil's eye, blue-buttons, blue buttons, blue-myrtle, blue myrtle are applied to taxa in multiple families
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