Clinopodium douglasii

Yerba buena

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Partial Shade, Shade
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Occasional, Regular
Height X Width: 0.5' X 2'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
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Yerba buena is found in the coastal hills from the Oregon border to Los Angeles County. It is very low mounding and spreading, often rooting where branches touch the soil. The leaves are bright green and quite fragrant when handled. The small tubular flowers are pure white. Yerba Buena grows in areas with very dry summers as well as cooler coastal climates. In Santa Clara County one finds it under the shade of other plants in many locations in the lower foothills. In the garden it seems best to site Yerba Buena in a shady spot and to provide regular water, leaving room for it to wander.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: No
Attractive to Butterflies: No
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen