February 4, 2023
Anemopsis californica

Anemopsis californica

Anemopsis californica is from the Saururaceae family of plants. It is also known as Apache beads, Yerba Mansa or Lizard Tail. Anemopsis californica is a perennial. It prefers moisture, boggy soil, or shallow water. It is hardy. It is a marginal aquatic plant. It spreads through runners.

Anemopsis californica is native to North America. It forms a clump of leaves from which it produces a large white flower. The flowers have spots or shades of pink. It flowers from July to September.

Anemopsis californica
Anemopsis californica

Anemopsis californica leaves are grey-green. They are about 8in or 20cm. The flowers are tiny and fragrant. They are surrounded by large white bracts. So what looks like a flower is a cluster of small individual flowers on a conical inflorescence. This cone turns into a tough fruit after the flower is done. The plant develops red stains as it matures. In colder weather, it also turns red. The seeds are pepper-shaped.

Anemopsis californica
Anemopsis californica at Kew Garden, London, UK

Anemopsis californica or Yerba mansa has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties and is used for medicinal purposes. It is used as a tea or powdered into capsules. The dried flowers are also aromatic.

Anemopsis californica
Anemopsis californica

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