Anemopsis Californica or Yerba Mansa, or Houttuynia californica or Lizard Tail is an unusual flower it has few petals around a cone. It flowers 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 create 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 disinfectants. On hot days it does have a scent.
I am a flower enthusiast and a gardener at heart. Ever since childhood I loved reading about plants and started gardening at an early age. First by helping my father in the garden and later managing a large garden myself in my teen years. I planted and cared for a large number of plants, flowers, and trees both outdoors and in a greenhouse. To this day I enjoy visiting gardens and parks and learning about new and old specimens and varieties of plants.