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Yerba Buena*

Micromeria douglasii

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Yerba Buena (Micromeria douglasii) at Squak Mountain Nursery

Yerba Buena foliage

Yerba Buena foliage

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  4 inches

Spread:  12 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6

Other Names:  syn. Clinopodium douglasii, Satureja douglasii

Description:

A mint-like, evergreen trailing herb, producing a carpet of beautiful dark green, glossy, aromatic foliage; great for containers, and as a light shade groundcover; do not overwater

Ornamental Features

Yerba Buena's attractive fragrant oval leaves emerge chartreuse in spring, turning dark green in color the rest of the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Yerba Buena is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Yerba Buena is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Herb Gardens

Planting & Growing

Yerba Buena will grow to be only 4 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Groundcover  Herb 
Applications
Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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