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Eriodictyon californicum - Plant

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Eriodictyon californicum is a shrub growing one to three meters tall, typically found in clonal stands.
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Description for Eriodictyon californicum

Eriodictyon californicum is a species of plant within the Boraginaceae family. It is also known as yerba santa, mountain balm, consumptive s weed and bear weed.

The smaller branches and foliage are coated in a sticky resin and are often dusted with black fungi, Heterosporium californicum. The shrub is known to be an occasional source of nutrition for wildlife and livestock.The narrow, long leaves are somewhat lance-shaped and up to centimeters in length. They have an odor generally considered unpleasant and a bitter taste, making them unpalatable to most animals, although it does have multiple insect herbivores.

Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
California yerba santa,Eriodictyon californicum, yerba santa, mountain balm, consumptive's weed and bear weed. White july to aug. 6 feet tall easy to grow

Planting and care

The deep planting encourages the developing stem to send out roots to help stabilize the plant and perhaps eliminate the need for staking. Also, deep planting keeps lily bulbs cool when temperatures soar.

Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
Full Sun well-drained soil Medium 25 degree F Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Eriodictyon californicum

    Place plants in full sun in average, well-drained soil. Drainage is important; don t place where roots will sit in water. Leaves develop best flavor in full sun.

Typical uses of Eriodictyon californicum

Special features: Growing plants is believed sacred in India and other Asian countries as it is believed that proper positioning plants brings prosperity, peace and sereneness to the house.

Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.

Medicinal use:


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