Satureja douglasii

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Satureja douglasii
Satureja douglasii

Species Name: Satureja douglasii
Common Name: Yerba Buena

Wonderful aromatic ground cover, makes a great tea. Delicate white flowers. Perfect for a shady border or in a hanging basket. Stems will root in the ground as it grows.

Plant Family: Lamiaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 6 in. H x spreading
Growth Habit: Low, trailing
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Part sun to shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Infrequent to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 35 degrees F
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Klamath Range, North Coast Range, Central Western CA, Transverse Range
Natural Habitat: Shady places, chaparral, woodland, below 1,800'

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Care and Maintenance

  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A pretty little trailing plant much prized for its fragrance. Very useful as a ground cover under trees. Gallon cans, 35c."
Other Names
  • Micromeria chamissonis
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.