Yerba Mansa (Anemopsis californica), packet of 100 seeds
Family: Lizard Tail (Saururacea)
Hardy to Zones 7 to 12
(Manso, Yerba del Manso, Lizard Tail) Creeping herbaceous perennial. Native to the Southwestern US and California. Does well in pots. The succulent, ovate leaves give rise to white, sometimes rose-tinged coneflowers. The entire plant smells good–spicy and warm. Traditional usage (American Indian, TWM): colds, arthritis athlete’s foot, wound dressing. The plant prefers sodden soils and hot sun, an unusual combination. It is often found in association with geothermal springs, and there is a good wild stand at Jemez springs in NM. As might be expected, the plant is a heat dependent germinator, and high temperatures (up to 100 degrees F) and long germination times (about 3 months) are usually required to get results. I experimented this year pulling apart the sodden, almost moldy seedheads that were bedraggled in the winter rains, and found swollen seeds in them. These I planted in the greenhouse, and they emerged in a few weeks. So you see, there’s more than one way to skin a lizard tail, so to speak. The plants make multiple upright flowers to 8 inches tall, and may be spaced 1 to 2 feet apart.
100 seeds/pkt., Open Pollinated, Untreated, NO GMO’s