Flora of Scotts Creek Watershed
Satureja douglasii - Yerba Buena
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Family Name: Lamiaceae
Common Name: Yerba Buena
Origin: Native to California
Habitat: Shaded woods, below 900 m.
Life Form and Duration: Perennial Herb, 10-70 cm tall
Comments on overall growth: Slender trailing stems, erect stems to 30 cm long, trailing stems to 60 cm long, forms mats up to 1 m wide. Slightly woody stem, can root at nodes. Aromatic.
Foliage Description: Opposite, simple, 1.0-3.5 cm long by 0.5-2.5 cm wide, round-ovate, margins crenate (scalloped), sparse hairs.
Flower Description: 1 flower per leaf axil, white or pale purplish, small ~ 6 mm long, bilaterally symmetrical, 5-lobed, upper 2 lobes erect, lower 3 lobes spreading.
Flowering Season: April-October
Fruit Type: 4 Nutlets, ~ 1 mm, shiny brown, smooth.
Plant Use: Leaves can be made into a fragrant tea.