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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 (

TaxonTiarella trifoliata var. unifoliata
Family common name(s)saxifrage; saxifrages
Genus common name(s)tiarella; foamflower; foam-flower; foam flower; sugar-scoop; sugar scoop; sugarscoop; sugar-scoops; sugar scoops; sugarscoops; false mitrewort; false mitre-wort; false mitre wort; false miterwort; false miter-wort; false miter wort
Species common name(s)trifoliate tiarella; trifoliate foamflower; trifoliate foam-flower; trifoliate foam flower; trifoliate laceflower; trifoliate lace-flower; trifoliate lace flower; three-foliate foamflower; three-foliate foam-flower; three-foliate foam flower; three-leaved tiarella; three-leaved foamflower; three leaved foamflower; three-leaved foam-flower; three-leaved foam flower; three leaved foam flower; three-leaved coolwort; three-leafed tiarella; three-leafed foamflower; three-leafed foam-flower; three-leafed foam flower; three-leaf foamflower; three-leaf foam-flower; three-leaf foam flower; threeleaf foamflower; three-leaf lace flower; trefoil foamflower; triple sugar-scoop; triple sugar scoop; triple sugarscoops; lace foamflower; lace foam-flower; lace foam flower; coolwort foamflower
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacool-wort, cool wort, coolwort are applied to multiple Saxifragaceae taxa; lace flower, lace-flower, laceflower are applied to taxa in multiple families
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