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Clinopodium douglasii (Benth.) Kuntze
Oregon-tea, Yerba buena
Synonyms: Satureja douglasii, Micromeria chamissonis
USDA Symbol: cldo2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Oregon-tea or Yerba Buena is a flat, creeping perennial that spreads to 6 ft. across. The bright-green, velvety, rounded leaves have tiny scallops along their margins and a minty fragrance. The tiny, white flowers are two-lipped and borne in the leaf axils.
The common name Yerba Buena, Spanish for good herb, has been applied to several species of mint, especially Spearmint (Mentha spicata), but in the West it generally refers to S. douglasii. The mild and delightful tea made from the leaves of this delicately fragrant plant has been used to treat many ailments and to alleviate the pain of childbirth.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
AK , CA , ID , MT , OR , WA Canada: BC Native Distribution:
S. CA Coast Ranges to s.w. B.C.; mostly west of the Cascades but extending e. into n. ID & w. MT Native Habitat:
Forest/scrub or forest/prairie interfaces; shaded woods; seasonal creeks; below 3000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N),
AK (I?), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist soils.
Conditions Comments: Yerba Buena is a good, non-aggressive ground cover for moist, shaded areas.
PropagationDescription: Increase by seed, rooted sections or cuttings.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Seed requires no special treatment.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CA
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff