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Yerba Buena
Clinopodium douglasii
  
About Yerba Buena (Clinopodium douglasii) 34 Nurseries Carry This Plant Yerba Buena is a creeping perennial herb that grows primarily in northern and central California, barely extending into southern California and the Channel Islands. It tends to grow at elevations below 3000 feet. It was formerly so common in the Bay Area that San Francisco was initially called Yerba Buena. The plant's appearance could best be described as delicate, with tiny leaves on very slender stems that creep along the ground. It does not have rhizomes but roots itself as it spreads. The leaves and flowers have a lovely fragrance and are both edible. The leaves make a great tea. It does best in a moderately moist woodland setting where summers are cool and there is moisture from fog drip. Also looks good in a rock garden climbing around boulders. Be careful to not let it get covered up by mulch or larger plants.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Size
Size
3.6 - 7.2 in tall
3 ft wide

Form
Form
Spreading

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Fast, Moderate

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Fragrance
Fragrance
Fragrant - Pleasant

Flower Color
Flower Color
White

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Wildlife Supported
 


 
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Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Shade, Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / week once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Very Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 5° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast, Medium, Slow

Soil Description
Soil Description
Adaptable. Soil PH: 6.0 - 8.0

Common uses
Common uses
Groundcovers, Deer Resistant

Maintenance
Maintenance
encourage branching by light pruning

Propagation
Propagation?
For propagating by seed: No treatment. ( Emery and Frey 1971).

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
2, 3, 4*, 5*, 6*, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Coastal woodland, shady, moist areas

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 12.6" - 117.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.15" - 3.43", Coldest Month: 38.8" - 56.2", Hottest Month: 58.1" - 77.0", Humidity: 0.05" - 23.77", Elevation: 7" - 4119"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Satureja douglasii


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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