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Anemopsis Californica

Anemopsis Californica or Yerba Mansa, or Houttuynia californica or Lizard Tail  is an unusual flower it has few petals around a cone.  It flower June to September and the flowers are white. It grows to a height of about 12″ and likes the sun. You can plant them in water gardens in wet mud and on edges of streams of water. It produces runners that then creates new plants. It belongs to the Saururaceae family of plants and is native to North America and Mexico.  The flowers are hermaphrodite which means they have both male and female organs. The roots are edible and have been used for medicinal purposes as analgesics or disenfectants. On hot days it does have a scent.

Anemopsis Californica

Anemopsis Californica

Anemopsis Californica

Anemopsis Californica at Kew Gardens

Anemopsis Californica

Anemopsis Californica

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