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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 (

TaxonMonardella odoratissima subsp. pallida
Family common name(s)mint; mints; peppermint; dead-nettle; dead nettle; deadnettle; lavender; labiatae
Genus common name(s)monardella; coyote-mint; coyote mint; coyotemint; deermint; deer-mint; deer mint; western-pennyroyal; western pennyroyal; California-pennyroyal; California pennyroyal
Species common name(s)mountain monardella; mountain-monardella; mountain coyote-mint; mountain coyote mint; mountain pennyroyal; mountain-pennyroyal; mountain wildmint; mountain wild-mint; stinking horsemint; stinking horse-mint; stinking horse mint; stinking coyote-mint; stinking coyote mint; Pacific monardella; western monardella; little beebalm
Common name(s) specific to synonym; taxon noted in bracketsalpine mountainbalm [subsp. pinetorum]
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxamountain horse-mint, mountain horse mint, mountain horsemint, American pennyroyal, western pennyroyal, wild pennyroyal, pennyroyal, penny-royal, penny royal, pennyroyal herb, poleo chino, wild bergamot, wild bergamont, mint-bush, mint bush, mintbush, desert mint are applied to multiple Lamiaceae taxa; mountainbalm, mountain balm, mountain-balm, western balm, balm are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesPacific is a proper name, so upper case preferable
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcMonardella pallida A. Heller
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