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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 (

TaxonGilia capitata subsp. abrotanifolia
Family common name(s)polemonium; polemone; polemon; phlox; gilia
Genus common name(s)gilia
Species common name(s)capitate gilia; ball gilia; blue-headed gilia; blue-headed gily-flower; blue-headed gily flower; blue-head gilia; blue head gilia; bluehead gilia; blue-head gily-flower; blue field gilia; blue-field gilia; blue field-gilia; bluefield gilia; range gilia; ornamental gilia; blue thimble flower; Queen Anne's thimbles; Queen Anne's thimble
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaglobe gilia, blue field gilia, blue gilia are applied to multiple Gilia taxa; ball-headed gilia, ball headed gilia, ball-head gilia, ball head gilia, ballhead gilia, round-headed gilia, round-head gilia, headed gilia are applied to multiple Polemoniaceae taxa; thimble-flower, thimble flower, thimbleflower, gilliflower, gilli-flower, gillyflower, gilly-flower, gilly flower are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcGilia abrotanifolia Nutt. ex Greene; Gilia achilleifolia Benth. subsp. abrotanifolia (Nutt. ex Greene) Brand
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