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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 (

TaxonPenstemon laetus var. leptosepalus
Family common name(s)plantain; plantains
Genus common name(s)penstemon; beardtongue; beard-tongue; beard tongue; bearded-tongue; bearded tongue; beardstongue; beards-tongue; beards tongue; beard's-tongue; beard's tongue
Species common name(s)mountain blue penstemon; gay penstemon; gay beardtongue; happy penstemon; western gray penstemon; western grey penstemon; western gray beardtongue; western gray beard-tongue
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxablue penstemon, smooth penstemon, mountain blue beardtongue are applied to multiple Penstemon taxa; foothill penstemon is more commonly applied to Penstemon heterophyllus
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcScrophulariaceae s.l.
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