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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 (

TaxonSymphyotrichum hendersonii
Family common name(s)composite; composita; comp; aster; asterwort; asterworts; sunflower; daisy; dandelion
Genus common name(s)symphyotrichum; American-aster
Species common name(s)Henderson's aster; Henderson's American-aster; Henderson aster; Henderson American-aster; Kootenai aster; Lyall's aster; Lyall aster; Lyall's leafy aster; Lyall leafy aster
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaMichaelmas daisy, Michaelmas daisies, it-brings-the-frost, it brings the frost, farewell-to-summer are applied to multiple Asteraceae taxa; frost weed, frost-weed, frost flowers, frost-flowers, goodbye summer, goodbye-summer, good-by summer are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesHenderson, Lyall, American are proper names, so upper case preferable; Henderson, Lyalls are errors
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcAster hendersonii Fernald; Aster foliaceus Lindl. ex DC. var. lyallii (A. Gray) Cronquist
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