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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

The fresh leaves are chewed for their refreshing taste and to relieve thirst[1].

An aromatic sweet tea is made from the fresh or dried leaves[1].

An extract of the leaves is used as a flavouring in baked goods, sweets, ice cream and soft drinks[1].

Unknown part

Leaves

Material uses

The leaves have been woven into skirts and aprons[2].

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

Yerba Santa (the name means Holy weed) is a famous domestic remedy from south-western N. America where it is considered to be especially useful as an expectorant[3]. It is an ingredient of many patent cough medicines[3].

The leaves are an aromatic pleasant tasting tonic herb that reduces spasms, expels phlegm and lowers fevers[3][4]. They are especially recommended for treating diseases of the chest and respiratory system, including asthma, and are also used in the treatment of hay fever[5][6][3]. A bitter tea made from the leaves has been much used as a bitter tonic and a stimulating balsamic expectorant[7][8]. A steam bath made from the branches and leaves has been used in the treatment of rheumatism[2]. A decoction of the leaves has been used as a wash for sore areas and painful fatigued limbs[2]. A natural mouthwash is prepared by rolling the leaves into balls and allowing them to dry in the sun[8]. These are then chewed and at first have a bitter flavour but this is soon replaced by a sweetness if a drink of water is taken[8]. The leaves are harvested in the summer and dried for later use[3].

The plant has been smoked as a remedy for asthma[8].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse[6]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle. Grow on the young plants for at least their first winter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring or early summer. Give some protection from the cold for at least their first couple of winters outdoors.

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Cultivation

Requires a position in full sun in a well-drained sandy soil[6].

This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to about -5°c[6]. It is probably best grown against a sunny wall. If the plant needs pruning to keep it within bounds, then this is best carried out in spring or early summer. Do not cut back to wood more than 2 years old[3].

This plant is remarkable for the coating of varnish-like resin that covers the upper leaf surface[6]. The foliage is very aromatic[6].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Eriodictyon californicum.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Eriodictyon californicum
Genus
Eriodictyon
Family
Hydrophyllaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
8
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    ?
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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    References

    1. ? 1.01.11.21.3 Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.12.22.32.4 Moerman. D. Native American Ethnobotany Timber Press. Oregon. ISBN 0-88192-453-9 (1998-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.13.23.33.43.53.6 Bown. D. Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses. Dorling Kindersley, London. ISBN 0-7513-020-31 (1995-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.1 Chevallier. A. The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants Dorling Kindersley. London ISBN 9-780751-303148 (1996-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.1 Grieve. A Modern Herbal. Penguin ISBN 0-14-046-440-9 (1984-00-00)
    6. ? 6.06.16.26.36.46.56.66.7 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    7. ? 7.07.1 Coffey. T. The History and Folklore of North American Wild Flowers. Facts on File. ISBN 0-8160-2624-6 (1993-00-00)
    8. ? 8.08.18.28.38.4 Weiner. M. A. Earth Medicine, Earth Food. Ballantine Books ISBN 0-449-90589-6 (1980-00-00)

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