Yerba Mansa, Lizard Tail

Anemopsis californica

Family: Saururaceae
Genus: Anemopsis (an-em-MOP-sis) (Info)
Species: californica (kal-ih-FOR-nik-uh) (Info)




Ponds and Aquatics

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade



Bloom Color:

Pale Green

White/Near White


Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Goodyear, Arizona

Payson, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)

Queen Creek, Arizona

Clayton, California

Fairfield, California

San Diego, California

San Leandro, California

Niceville, Florida

Port Saint Joe, Florida

Silver Spring, Maryland

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Las Vegas, Nevada

San Antonio, Texas

show all

Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 27, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- Not surprisingly, since it is an AZ native, Yerba Mansa does well in my garden. It was originally planted around a pond that no longer exists. Part of it now grows in partial shade around the base of a palo brea tree and a nearby mound. The location is a rather dry area -- much drier than I expected it would take. Its stolons spread with moderate aggressiveness, but new sprouts are easily killed by dabbing a bit of roundup on with a brush. It comes up from seed in my vegetable garden, which is the most moist area in my yard. The vegetable garden is about 40 feet away from where the Yerba Mansa grows, and the seed is either moving windborn, or possibly through compost that did not get hot enough to kill the seed. Young seedlings remove easily.


On Sep 11, 2013, kinderegg from Las Vegas, NV wrote:

Pretty native forb which grows well in saturated soil and into the vadose zone at wetlands in the Mojave desert. Clones itself freely from runners, and can colonize a large area. Attractive white "flowers" appear in spring and last a long time, followed by pinecone looking fruit. Plant dies back to its root system in the winter leaving senscent fruit. Leaves have a pleasing herbal smell when crushed.


On Nov 22, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Yerba Mansa, Lizard Tail Anemopsis californica is native to Texas and other States.


On May 1, 2004, rylaff from Niceville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have this growing in one of my bog areas. I really like this one. The bloom starts out white and then develops red spots over the course of a couple of weeks. The leaves also take on a red tint. Almost looks like someone splashed paint on it.