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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 (

TaxonRudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)rudbeckia; golden-glow; golden glow; goldenglow
Species common name(s)black-eyed Susan; black-eyed-Susan; black eyed Susan; blackeyed Susan; hairy coneflower; brown daisy; brown-daisy; English bull's-eye; English bull's eye; English bullseye; poor-man's daisy' poor man's daisy; golden Jerusalem
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxanarrow-leaved black-eyed Susan is more appropriately applied to var. angustifolia; gloriosa daisy is applied to multiple Rudbeckia taxa; cone-flower, coneflower, cone flower, brown-eyed Susan, brown-eyed-Susan, poor-land daisy, poorland daisy, yellow ox-eye daisy, yellow ox-eye, ox-eye daisy, ox-eyed daisy, ox-eyed daisies, bull's-eye daisy, bull's eye daisy, bullseye daisy, bull's-eye, bullseye, bull's-eyes, bull's eyes, yellow daisies, sticky daisy, dwarf sunflower, dwarf-sunflower, dwarf sunflower, dwarf sun-flower are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; brown Betty, brown-Betty, thimble-weed, thimble weed, thimbleweed, yellow daisy, yellow-daisy are applied to taxa in multiple families
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended (pejorative or derogatory): nigger daisy, nigger-daisy, niggerhead, nigger-head, nigger head, niggerheads, nigger-heads, darkey-head, darkey head
NotesEnglish is a proper name, so upper case preferable
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