'Yerba Buena' is a plant in the Satureja genus with a scientific name of Satureja douglasii.
Yerba Buena, is a creeping flat perennial that can spread to 3’ but is easily held to 1’. Yerba Buena is found in woods near coast and coast ranges from Los Angeles to British Columbia. Prefers shade and moisture. Its leaves are used for a refreshing tea. A good ground cover without being aggressive, easy to keep small. The stems grow across the ground not with rhizomes.Yerba Buena is a flowering herb perennial, it will last at least up to several years in its native climate. Normally grows with a ground covering habit.
United States is believed to be where Yerba Buena originates from.
Yerba Buena needs a moderate amount of maintenance, so some level of previous experience comes in handy when growing this plant. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests.
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Yerba Buena usually grows in shade as an understory plant, In its native range rainfall can occur from 15" up to 70". Will grow in pots.
Cannot handle competition. Plant with upright plants without competition from other ground covers. Good under trees or between pavers where can grow by itself.Enjoys a full shade / dappled sun position in your garden and remember to water very sparingly. Keep in mind when planting that Yerba Buena is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will tend to survive through freezing conditions.
Harvest when green. Steep leaves and stems in boiling hot water for tea. Older leaves seem to make better tea.
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Yerba Buena so consider planting:
Fragaria californica, rubus ursinus and ribes sangineum var. glutinosum are good companion plants.1
These plants will not grow well with Yerba Buena so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Yerba Buena plants:
Noted by early Oregon pioneers as a refreshing tea. Reputed to have medicinal properties, though undocumented.
Oregon Tea. Mountain Tea.
Yerba Buena care instructions
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