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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 (

TaxonEriastrum densifolium subsp. sanctorum
Family common name(s)polemonium; polemone; polemon; phlox; gilia
Genus common name(s)eriastrum; woolly-star; woolly star; woollystar; wooly-star; wooly star; wool-star; wool star; woolstar
Species common name(s)giant eriastrum; giant woolly-star; giant woolly star; giant woollystar; giant woolystar; giant wool-star; giant wool star; giant woolstar; many-leaved eriastrum; many leaved eriastrum; perennial eriastrum; perennial woolly-star; perennial woollystar; perennial wool-star; perennial wool star; perennial woolstar; perennial woollystar; shrubby eriastrum; mesa phlox
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxawoolly eriastrum, wooly eriastrum are applied to multiple Eriastrum taxa; blue mantle is applied to multiple Eriastrum taxa; woolly gilia is applied to multiple Polemoniaceae taxa; woolly blue star, wooly blue star, blue stars, starflower, star-flower, star flower are applied to taxa in multiple families
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