IPCW | Common Names

Common Name: The plants are listed in alphabetical order by the most often used common name. Click on the scientific name for more information about the plant. You may also use the “search” box above to find a plant by name or any attribute such as “thorn” or “tuber”.

Tamarix spp.

Ailanthus altissima

ailanthus; tree-of-heaven

Aptenia cordifolia

apple, baby sun rose, heartleaf iceplant, dew plant

Cynara cardunculus

artichoke thistle, cardoon, desert artichoke, wild artichoke

Atriplex semibaccata

Australian saltbush

Bassia hyssopifolia

bassia, five-hook bassia, thorn orache, five-horn smotherweed

Robinia pseudoacacia

black locust

Eucalyptus globulus

blue gum, Tasmanian blue gum, common eucalyptus

Schinus terebinthifolius

Brazilian pepper tree, Christmas-berry tree, Christmasberry, Florida holly

Retama monosperma

bridal veil broom

Cirsium vulgare

bull thistle, spear thistle

Alhagi pseudalhagi

camelthorn, camels thorn, camel-thorn, Caspian manna, Persian manna

Cirsium arvense

Canada thistle, California thistle, creeping thistle, corn thistle, perennial thistle, field thistle

Arctotheca calendula

capeweed, South African capeweed, cape dandelion, cape gold

Ricinus communis

castor bean

Bromus tectorum

cheatgrass, downy brome, downy cheat, downy chess, early chess, drooping brome, cheatgrass brome, wild oats, military grass

Spartina anglica

common cordgrass

Verbascum thapsus

common mullein, wooly mullein, great mullein, mullein, Jacob’s staff, flannel leaf, velvet plant, candlewick plant, lung wort, felt wort

Cotoneaster spp.

cotoneaster, silverleaf cotoneaster, rockspray cotoneaster

Mesembryanthemum crystallinum

crystalline iceplant, common iceplant

Erechtites spp.

cutleaf fireweed, cutleaf burnweed, New Zealand fireweed, Australian burnweed; Australian fireweed, little fireweed, coastal burnweed, Australian burnweed

Spartina densiflora

dense-flowered cordgrass

Ficus carica

edible fig, common fig

Egeria densa

egeria, leafy elodea, dense waterweed, Brazilian waterweed, anacharis, Brazilian elodea

Hedera helix

English ivy

Ageratina adenophora

eupatory, Crofton weed, sticky snakeroot, catweed, hemp agrimony, sticky agrimony, sticky eupatorium

Myriophyllum spicatum

Eurasian watermilfoil, spike watermilfoil

Ammophila arenaria

European beachgrass

Foeniculum vulgare

fennel, anise, sweet fennel, aniseed, sweet anise, sweet fennel

Pennisetum setaceum

fountain grass, crimson fountaingrass

Digitalis purpurea

foxglove, purple foxglove

Bromus madritensis ssp. rubens

foxtail chess; red brome, compact brome, Spanish brome

Genista monspessulana

French broom, soft broom, canary broom, Montpellier broom

Tamarix gallica

French tamarisk

Delairea odorata

German ivy

Arundo donax

giant reed, giant cane

Ulex europaea

gorse, common gorse

Halogeton glomeratus


Phalaris aquatica

Harding grass

Helichrysum petiolare

helichrysum, licorice plant

Carpobrotus edulis

highway iceplant, Hottentot fig, iceplant

Rubus discolor

Himalayan blackberry, Himalayaberry

Hydrilla verticillata

hydrilla, water thyme, Florida elodea

Carduus pycnocephalus

Italian thistle, slender thistle, shore thistle, Italian plumeless thistle

Cortaderia jubata

jubata grass, pampas grass, Andes grass, selloa pampas grass, cortaderia, pink pampas grass, purple pampas grass

Euphorbia esula

leafy spurge, wolf’s milk

Cardaria chalepensis

lens-podded hoary cress

Schismus spp.

Mediterranean grass, Arabian schismus, schismus, split grass

Bellardia trixago

Mediterranean linseed, garden bellardia

Taeniatherum caput-medusae



myoporum, ngaio tree (New Zealand)

Conicosia pugioniformis

narrow-leafed iceplant, false iceplant, conicosia

Tamarix chinensis


Leucanthemum vulgare

ox-eye daisy, marguerite, moon daisy, dog daisy

Cortaderia selloana

pampas grass, Uruguayan pampas grass

Myriophyllum aquaticum

parrot’s feather, parrot feather watermilfoil, Brazilian water milfoil

Mentha pulegium


Lepidium latifolium

perennial pepperweed; tall white top, broadleaved pepperweed

Ehrharta spp.

perennial veldt grass; ehrharta, panic veldt grass; annual veldt grass

Vinca major

periwinkle, bigleaf periwinkle

Conium maculatum

poison hemlock, carrot fern, poison parsley, spotted hemlock

Cytisus striatus

Portuguese broom

Lythrum salicaria

purple loosestrife

Centaurea calcitrapa

purple starthistle, red star thistle, red starthistle, St. Barnaby’s thistle, golden starthistle

Elaeagnus angustifolia

Russian olive, oleaster

Brassica tournefortii

Sahara mustard, Asian mustard

Spartina patens

salt-meadow cordgrass

Cytisus scoparius

Scotch broom, English broom, common broom

Crataegus monogyna

single-seed hawthorn, whitethorn

Tamarix parviflora

smallflower tamarisk, tamarisk, four-stamen tamarisk

Spartina alterniflora

smooth cordgrass

Spartium junceum

Spanish broom, gorse, weaver’s broom

Tamarix ramosissima

tamarisk, saltcedar

Senecio jacobaea

tansy ragwort, stinking willie

Centaurea melitensis

tocolote, Maltese star thistle, Napa star thistle, Malta starthistle

Eichhornia crassipes

water hyacinth, common water hyacinth

Cardaria draba

white top, perennial pepper-grass, heart-podded hoary cress, pepperwort, white-top, pepperweed whitetop, hoary cress, whitetop, white weed

Lupinus arboreus

yellow bush lupine, coastal bush lupine

Centaurea solstitialis

yellow starthistle