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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 (

TaxonAnaphalis margaritacea
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)pearly-everlasting; pearly everlasting; pearlyeverlasting; pearly everlasting flower; pearl-everlasting; pearl everlasting; pearleverlasting
Species common name(s)western pearly-everlasting; western pearly everlasting; western pearlyeverlasting; western common pearl-everlasting; common pearly-everlasting; common pearly everlasting; common pearlyeverlasting; common pearly everlasting-flower; common pearleverlasting; common pearl-everlasting; western common pearl-everlasting; pearl-flowered life everlasting; pearlflower life everlasting; pearlflowered life everlasting; silver-leaved life-everlasting; silver-leaf life-everlasting; large-flowered everlasting; large flowered everlasting; large-flower everlasting; pasture everlasting; ever-white; lady-never-fade
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaeverlasting-flower, everlasting flower, American everlasting, ladies' tobacco, ladies'-tobacco, ladies tobacco, lady's tobacco, everlasting, ever-lasting, life-everlasting, life everlasting, straw-flower, straw flower, strawflower, white gowlan are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; cottonweed, cotton-weed, cotton weed, life-of-man, life of man, poverty-weed, poverty weed, none-so-pretty, none so pretty, silver-button, silver button, silver-leaf, silver leaf, basibuguk are applied to taxa in multiple families; live-forever, live forever, liveforever are more commonly applied to Dudleya
Common name(s), rejectednot recommended: Indian posy, Indian posey, Indian-posy
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