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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 (

TaxonLilium washingtonianum subsp. purpurascens
Family common name(s)lily; lilywort; lilyworts
Genus common name(s)lilium; lily; true lily
Species common name(s)Washington's lily; Washington lily; Martha Washington's lily; Martha Washington lily
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaCascade lily, Shasta lily, California lily are applied to multiple Lilium taxa; Oregon lily is more commonly applied to Lilium columbianum
NotesWashington is a proper name, so upper case preferable; when Cascade is used as a proper name, upper case preferable
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