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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 (

TaxonPhlox hoodii subsp. canescens
Family common name(s)polemonium; polemone; polemon; phlox; gilia
Genus common name(s)phlox
Species common name(s)Hood's phlox; Hood phlox; spiny phlox
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacarpet phlox, matted phlox, moss phlox, moss-phlox, moss pink are applied to multiple Phlox taxa; dwarf phlox is applied to multiple Polemoniaceae; sweet William, sweet-William, sweetwilliam, wild sweet William, wild sweet-William, wild sweetwilliam are applied to taxa in multiple families; pinks is more commonly applied to Dianthus
NotesHood is used as a proper name, upper case preferable; Hoods is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcPhlox canescens Torr. & A. Gray
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