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Yerba Buena

Plant Information

Mature Height & Spread: 6" x 3'
Natural Growth Habit: Spreading
Native To: California, Pacific Northwest
Flower Color: White
Bloom Time: Spring, Summer
Special Features: Deer Resistant / Drought Resistant / Edible / Fragrant
Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone: 7–10

Named Yerba Buena, or ‘good herb (hierba)’ in Spanish, Satureja douglasii is ‘buena’ for many reasons. Drought, shade, sand and clay tolerant, this beautiful green ground cover will root and grow in a variety of environments. But not to worry: this well-behaved herb roots along its stems and grows a modest 6" tall and 3' wide. Previously known as Clinopodium douglasii, Satureja is found in woodland areas, particularly along the coast, where it is seen under Oaks, Redwoods, and Madrones. When crushed, the leaves release a pleasing, minty scent. Indigenous peoples of California used the leaves in a tea to aid sleep, digestive distress and arthritis. These days, you may see it muddled in a refreshing cocktail. Use Yerba Buena in rockeries, under tree canopies, or trailing over wall edges and containers.

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