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PlantFiles: Yerba Mansa, Lizard Tail
Anemopsis californica

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

5 members have or want this plant for trade.

Ponds and Aquatics

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
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

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:
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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive poeciliopsis 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.

Positive kinderegg 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.

Neutral frostweed 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.

Positive rylaff 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.


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

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