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Anemopsis californica (Yerba mansa) flower

Anemopsis californica

Yerba mansa

Yerba mansa is a California native.  It has large bright green leaves and curious white flowers in early summer.  It grows 6-8" tall and spreads by long runners in the same way as strawberry plants.  It prefers half a day of sun or light shade and does best in moist soil.

Yerba mansa is a California native, occurring in Southern California along seeps, stream edges and wet meadows, particularly where the soil is alkaline.

It has light green leaves which form rosettes of foliage about 6" tall.  The plant spreads by sending out long runners in the same way as strawberries.  In moist alkaline soils, large colonies of plants are soon formed.

In late spring, curious cones of flowers are produced which stand about 3-4" above the foliage.  Each "cone" is, in fact, a tight collection of masses of tiny greenish flowers.

Although yerba mansa thrives in soils with a high pH, it's very tolerant of neutral and slightly acidic soils.  It is also quite tolerant of infrequent watering and fairly dry soils, although it does look better with an ample supply of water.

Yerba mansa is tolerant of full sun in cool coastal conditions.  However, it prefers light shade.

Yerba mansa will probably survive occasional winter temperatures down to 20°F.  In the nursery, it has survived twelve consecutive nights of 22°F.

Yerba mansa works well in seasonal containers with other moisture-loving plants such as horsetail, gray rush (Juncus patens) and seep monkey flower (Mimulus guttatus).  It also works well as a marginal plant alongside water features.

Anemopsis californica Characteristics


  • California native
  • Portola Valley Ranch approved
  • Fast-growing

Flower color

  • White / Cream / Ivory

Foliage color

  • Green / Blue-green

Growth habit (plant shape)

  • Trailing


  • Sunny all day - Coast
  • Morning sun
  • Light or dappled shade

Season of interest (flowering)

  • Summer

Season of interest (foliage)

  • Spring
  • Summer

Your soil type

  • Clay-loam
  • Clay

Critter resistance

  • Rabbit resistant
  • Squirrel resistant
  • Deer resistant

Wildlife appeal

  • Attracts beneficial insects
  • Attracts butterflies
  • Attracts bees

Suggested uses

  • Container
  • Water feature


  • California

Plants that work well with Anemopsis californica

Seep monkey flower Seep monkey flower (Mimulus guttatus)
Scarlet monkey flower Scarlet monkey flower (Mimulus cardinalis)
Soft rush, Common rush Soft rush, Common rush (Juncus effusus var. pacificus)
San Diego sedge San Diego sedge (Carex spissa)
Torrent sedge Torrent sedge (Carex nudata)
Slender sedge Slender sedge (Carex tumulicola)
Spikerush Spikerush (Eleocharis macrostachya)
Brown-headed rush Brown-headed rush (Juncus phaeocephalus)
Horsetail Horsetail (Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine)
Stream orchid Stream orchid (Epipactis gigantea)