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Anemopsis californica - (Nutt.)Hook.&Arn.

Common Name Yerba Mansa
Family Saururaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Wet, especially somewhat alkaline or saline marshy places, below 2000 metres[71, 187, 270].
Range South-western N. America - California, Mexico.
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Weed Potential No
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Frost Hardy Wet Soil Water Plants Semi-shade Full sun
Anemopsis californica Yerba Mansa


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Anemopsis californica is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline and saline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers wet soil and can grow in water.

Synonyms

Houttuynia californica.

Habitats

 Pond; Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses:

Root - raw or cooked[257]. An aromatic flavour[94]. The pulverized seeds are made into bread or cooked as a mush[257]. The peppery aromatic root is astringent and is chewed raw for medicinal purposes[207].

Medicinal Uses



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Analgesic;  Antiperiodic;  Antiphlogistic;  Antiseptic;  Astringent;  Blood purifier;  Diuretic;  Stomachic;  
TB;  VD;  Vulnerary;  Women's complaints.

Yerba mansa was widely employed by the native North American Indians to treat a wide variety of complaints[257]. It is little used in modern herbalism. The whole plant is analgesic, antiperiodic, antiphlogistic, blood purifier, disinfectant, diuretic, laxative, stomachic and vulnerary. The plant is infused and used to bathe aching muscles and sore feet[1, 46, 61, 71, 94, 103, 207]. The root is chewed for affections of the mucous membranes[207]. A tea made from the root is used as a blood purifier and general pain remedy, and as a treatment for pleurisy, gonorrhoea, syphilis and menstrual cramps[207, 257]. An infusion of the plant is used in the treatment of colds, chest congestion and stomach ulcers[257]. The dried and powdered plant is used as a disinfectant on wounds whilst the fresh moist leaves are used as a poultice or salve on burns, cuts and wounds[257]. An infusion of the bark is used as a wash for open sores[257].

Other Uses

Beads.

Beads can be made from the rootstock[94, 103, 207].

Cultivation details

Requires shallow water or a wet muddy site in a humus-rich alkaline medium[1]. Requires a warm position[187]. Plants are hardy to about -5 to -10°c, and are probably hardiest when the rootstock is submerged[200]. Another report says that they are hardy to about -15°c[187].

Propagation

Seed - best sown in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe in the summer. Stand the pots in about 3cm of water and germination should take place in about 5 weeks[274]. Sow stored seed in a cold frame in the spring[111]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. making sure you keep the compost wet. Plant them out in late spring or early summer. Division in spring[200].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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