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Micromeria chamissonis - (Benth.)Greene.
                 
Common Name Yerba Buena
Family Lamiaceae or Labiatae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Coniferous woods[60].
Range Western N. America - southern British Columbia to southern California.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Micromeria chamissonis Yerba Buena


Micromeria chamissonis Yerba Buena
   
Physical Characteristics
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Micromeria chamissonis is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.1 m (0ft 4in) by 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from Apr to May. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms
M. douglasii. Satureia douglasii. (Benth.)Briq. Thymus chamissonis. T. douglasii.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Tea.

The dried leaves, steeped in boiling water, make a palatable mint-flavoured tea[183, 207, 256, 257]. The dried leafy spines are used according to other reports[161, 177].
Medicinal Uses


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Anthelmintic;  Aphrodisiac;  Blood purifier;  Digestive;  Febrifuge;  Kidney;  Sedative;  Tonic.


The whole plant is aphrodisiac, blood purifier, mildly digestive, febrifuge, sedative and tonic[207, 256, 257]. An infusion can be used in the treatment of insomnia, colic, upset stomachs, kidney problems, colds and fevers[257]. A decoction of the plant has been used to get rid of pinworms[257]. The decoction has also been used as an aphrodisiac[257]. A poultice of the warm leaves have been applied to the jaw, or the plant held in the mouth, as a treatment for toothache[257].
Other Uses
Essential.

The leaves have been placed in clothing as a perfume[257].
Cultivation details
Prefers an open position in a well-drained soil[1]. Succeeds in poor soils[200]. Plants grow best and live longer when grown in an open sunny position and a dry sandy soil[245]. A prostate plant, the stems forming roots at the leaf axils wherever they come into contact with the soil[245]. The bruised leaves release a most refreshing lemony scent resembling verbena[245].
Propagation
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Basal cuttings in early summer. Harvest the shoots with plenty of underground stem when they are about 8 - 10cm above the ground. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer. Division of the rooted prostrate stems in the spring.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Botanical References
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Readers comment
 
Elizabeth H.
Richard Dunstone Sun Aug 22 11:25:31 2004
I've just returned from Cuba, where Yerba Buena is the herb to use in preparing the ubiquitous Mojito rum cocktail.
Elizabeth H.
phil rooksby Fri Feb 29 2008
a photo of this (taken Feb 2008) is available on our blog http://monkeyandsofia.blogspot.com/2008/02/have-cup-of-tea.html

monkey & sofia

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