Anemopsis californica, Yerba Mansa, Lizard Tail

Anemopsis californica

Yerba Mansa, Lizard Tail
Family: Saururaceae
Origin: Southwestern North America
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunRegular waterBog or aquatic plantWhite, off-white flowersSpice or herb plantEthnomedical plant.
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Anemopsis californica is a small shrub, typically only reaching 2-5 feet in height and width. The plant prefers to grow in full sun or semi-shade, with rich and well-draining soils. Under the right conditions, Anemopsis californica is an excellent bog or aquatic plant, and can tolerate periodic flooding during winter months. Anemopsis californica loves regular water, and will not tolerate drought, so make sure to keep the soil evenly moist. Due to the large leaves of the species, they do well in warmer climates, and anemopsis grows best in USDA Zones 9-11.

Anemopsis californica has cup-like structures of white, off-white flowers that hang down and produce a spicy, delicate fragrance throughout the warmer months. Anemopsis californica has some unique ethnomedical properties and is used to treat a variety of ailments in both mainstream and folk medicine, ranging from digestive issues to mouth infections. The plant is also popularly used as a spice or herb, and its sweet aroma adds both flavor and fragrance to food.

When planting Anemopsis californica in cold regions, it is best to grow in a pot in a sunny area and move indoors to protect against frost. Keep the soil moist and the plant in the container until warm weather returns, then move it back out into the garden and gradually allow it to adjust to its new environment. If planted outdoors in colder climates, be sure to provide ample insulation with layers of mulch and other protective materials, and cover with a tarp or blanket during particularly cold weather.

Anemopsis californica, Yerba Mansa, Lizard Tail

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