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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 villosa subsp. franciscana
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)common coyote-mint; common coyote mint; coyote mountainbalm; coyote wildmint; villous coyote-mint; villous coyote-mint; villose coyote-mint; villose coyote mint; hairy coyote-mint; hairy coyote mint; coastal coyote-mint; coastal coyote mint
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxamountain pennyroyal is more commonly applied to Monardella odoratissima; green coyote mint is more commonly applied to Monardella viridis; purple monardella is applied to multiple Monardella taxa; wild pennyroyal, pennyroyal, penny-royal, penny royal, false pennyroyal, poleo are applied to multiple Lamiaceae taxa; mountainbalm, mountain balm, mountain-balm, balm, poleo are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcvar. franciscana (Elmer) Jeps.; Monardella franciscana Elmer
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