Clinopodium douglasii (Benth.) Kuntze
Yerba Buena, Oregon-tea
Lamiaceae (Mint Family)
Synonym(s): Micromeria chamissonis, Satureja chamissonis, Satureja douglasii
USDA Symbol: CLDO2
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Notes: Up to about 6 inches tall by 6 feet across.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: AK , CA , ID , MT , OR , WA
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.
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 Treatment: Seed requires no special treatment.
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
BibliographyBibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
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Web ReferenceWebref 37 - Calscape (2019) California Native Plant Society
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Clinopodium douglasii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Clinopodium douglasii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Clinopodium douglasii
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-02-01
Research By: TWC Staff