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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 (

TaxonArtemisia cana subsp. bolanderi
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)artemisia; sagewort; sage-wort; sage wort; mugwort; mug-wort; mug wort; wormwort; wormwood; wormwood sage; Artemis herb; Artemis's herb; Artemis' herb; sailor's-tobacco; sailor's tobacco; sailors' tobacco
Species common name(s)silver sagebrush; silver sage-brush; silver sage brush; silvery sagebrush; purple sagebrush; smaller sagebrush
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxasilver wormwood, hoary sagebrush, hoary sage-bush, white sagebrush, white sage-brush, dwarf sagebrush, little sagebrush, little sage-brush, little sage brush are applied to multiple Artemisia taxa; wild wormwood is applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; sagebrush, sage-brush, sage brush, sage, wild sage, silver sage, blue sage, white sage, white-sage, whitesage, felonwort, felon-wort are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesBolander is a proper name, so upper case preferable; Bolanders is an error
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcArtemisia tridentata Nutt. subsp. bolanderi (A. Gray) H.M. Hall & Clem.
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