Spanish for “good herb,” this plant was so abundant in San Francisco when the Spanish settlers arrived that they called the town Yerba Buena. Makes a good groundcover that isn’t aggressive and looks great in rock gardens. Usually grows as an understory plant associated with oaks, bay trees, and madrones. Makes a superb minty tea!
Water: Can survive with no summer water, but will look best with some summer water or fog exposure
Hardiness: Frost Hardy
Habit: A flat, creeping perennial that spreads to 3' wide, but can easily be kept at 1' wide
Light: Prefers shade, but tolerates full sun in cool-summer climates
Soil: Tolerates sand and clay soils
Origin: Woodlands near the coast from Los Angeles to British Columbia