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Calscape Sign In. Advanced Search. Tap map to see plants native to location. Processing the request Click on blue squares to see occurrence records. It is found in central to northern California and Oregon, where it grows in several types of habitat, including chaparral and forest. It is a shrub growing one to three meters tall. The smaller branches and foliage are coated in a sticky resin and are often dusted with black fungi.
The narrow, long leaves are somewhat lance-shaped and up to 15 centimeters in length. They have an odor generally considered unpleasant and a bitter taste, making them unpalatable to most animals.
The inflorescence is a cluster of bell-shaped white to purplish flowers, each between one and two centimeters in length. It spreads by suckers. It has been used as a general purpose medicinal plant. When first described, the California Mountain Balm was placed in genus Wigandia, so its basionym is Wigandia californica.
Plant Description. The flowers are attractive to many insects, especially bees. The Brown Elfin Callophrys augustinus Callophrys augustinus.
Coelopoeta glutinosi Coelopoeta glutinosi. Ethmia arctostaphylella Ethmia arctostaphylella. Orange Tortrix Moth Argyrotaenia franciscana Argyrotaenia franciscana. Carried by Tolerates a variety of soils as long as good drainage is provided.
Tolerates Serpentine Soil. Soil PH: 5. In the garden it can be used with a variety of other chaparral shrubs. Sunset Zones? Annual Precipitation: 6. Back Print. California Yerba Santa Eriodictyon californicum. Sources include: Wikipedia. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria , Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project.
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List of species Eriodictyon altissimum Eriodictyon angustifolium Eriodictyon californicum Eriodictyon capitatum Eriodictyon crassifolium Eriodictyon crassifolium var. Citation for this treatment: Gary L. Hannan , Eriodictyon californicum , in Jepson Flora Project eds. Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project eds. More photos of Eriodictyon californicum in CalPhotos.
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Wigandia californica Hook. Eriodictyon californicum is a species of plant within the family Boraginaceae. It is also known as yerba santa sacred herb , mountain balm , bear's weed , gum bush , gum plant , and consumptive weed. It is native to California and Oregon , where it grows in several types of habitats , including chaparral and coast redwood forests. Foliage and twigs are covered with shiny resin and are often dusted with black fungi , Heterosporium californicum. It is similar to its Southern California sibling E. The shrub is known to be an occasional source of nutrition for wildlife and livestock.