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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 sapphirinum subsp. dasyanthum
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)sapphire eriastrum; sapphire woolly-star; sapphire woollystar; sapphire wooly-star; sapphire wooly-star; sapphire wooly star; sapphire woolystar; sapphire wool-star; sapphire wool star; sapphire woolstar
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaMojave woolly-star, Mojave woolly star, Mojave woollystar, Mojave wooly star, Mojave woolystar are applied to multiple Eriastrum taxa; Great Basin woollystar is more commonly applied to Eriastrum sparsiflorum; starflower, star-flower, star flower, blue star, blue stars are applied to taxa in multiple families
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