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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 (

TaxonMertensia ciliata var. stomatechoides
Family common name(s)borage; boragewort; borageworts; forget-me-not; fiddleneck; waterleaf; water-leaf; water leaf; baby-eyes
Genus common name(s)mertensia; chiming-bells; chiming bells; chimingbells; languid-lady; languid lady; languid-ladies
Species common name(s)ciliate bluebells; ciliate bluebell; ciliate lungwort; streamside bluebells; streamside bluebell; mountain bluebells; mountain bluebell; tall fringed bluebells; tall fringed bluebell; tall fringe bluebells; tall chiming bells; tall chimingbells; Colorado bluebells; fringed lungwort
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxashort-style bluebells, shortstyle bluebells are more commonly applied to Mertensia brevistyla; mountain blue-bells, mountain blue bells, broadleaf bluebells, broad-leaf bluebell, broad-leaved bluebell, broadleaf bluebells, broad-leaf bluebells, broad-leaved bluebell are applied to multiple Mertensia taxa; cushion cat's-eye, cushion cat's eye, cushion catseye are applied to multiple Boraginaceae taxa; lungwort, lung-wort, lung wort, bluebells, blue-bells, blue bells, bluebell, blue-bell, blue bell, mountain bell, mountain-bell, mountainbell, mountain bells, mountain-bells, mountainbells are applied to taxa in multiple families
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