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Anemopsis californica - Yerba Mansa

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Saururaceae (Lizard-tails)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: <1 foot
Width: Running
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Keep Wet
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Anemopsis californica (Yerba Mansa) - A California native rhizomatous perennial with large basal leaves that grow to 1 foot tall. From spring to fall appear the cone shaped flowers that are subtended by white bracts. Plant in moist areas or even in saturated soil up to 6". Once established it can run about in the garden if soil is moist. Will grow in full sun to partial shade. Cold hardy to 15-20 degrees F. Can look a little funky in winter so that is a good time to trim or even mow it back or plant it with other plants that hide it a bit during this period. A wonderful spreading groundcover in wet or perennially moist soils a great plant for the "rain garden". It is native to northwest Mexico and southwestern United States from California to Texas and north in the plain states to Oregon. The name for the genus comes from the Latin combination of 'Anem' from "Anemone" and 'opsis' meaning "like" or "resembling" from this plants resemblance to an anemone. The common name Yerba Mansa means "calming herb" in Spanish and this plant is also sometimes called lizard tail. Its bark and roots were widely used medicinally by native Americans. We first got this plant in 1989 from Nevin Smith who noted his form was collected from a coastal marsh on Santa Cruz Island.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Anemopsis californica.