February 1, 2023
Anemopsis Californica

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 flowers June to September and the flowers are white. Anemopsis californica 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.

Anemopsis californica produces runners that then create new plants. It belongs to the Saururaceae family of plants. It is the only species in its genus. It 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.

Anemopsis Californica
Anemopsis californica
Anemopsis Californica
Anemopsis californica at Kew Gardens
Anemopsis Californica
Anemopsis californica

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