Anemopsis californica

Yerba Mansa

Plant family: Saururaceae - Lizards-tail


Plant type: Groundcover, Shrub

Plant origin: N/A, California

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Flower Color White
Blooming Season Spring, Summer
Height 0-1 feet
Spread 1-5 feet
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Wildlife Friendliness Rating
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Riparian, Woodland/Forest

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Clay, Decomposed Granite, Sand, Sandy Loam, Adaptable, Alkaline, Riverbed Silt

Special Characteristic

Edible , Fire Resistance, Good in Containers, Important to Native People, Tolerant of Clay Soil

Plant Highlights

Yerba is spanish for herb and mansa for tranquil or calm. Also known as lizard tail, Yerba mansa is characterized as having a white spiked basal flower surrounded by striking white bracts that are often mistaken for petals. Leaves are large, flat and a deep green. As the plant matures it will devlop red to purple stains on all of its aerial parts, the entire plant turning brick red in the fall. Yerba mansa has very aromatic roots reminiscent of a cross between camphor and ecualyptus, a very distinct spicy scent. This low-growing plant is at home in moist conditions, tolerates shade well, as well as alkaline conditions. It will spread to form a fairly dense mat and is useful on those moist, shady corners where other plants struggle to flower. This is an ideal plant beside ponds and stream beds. It is a historically important medicinal plant to first nation peoples.

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