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Yerba Buena


Satureja douglasii

Unique trailing variety

An unusual trailing mint with bright green scented leaves and lots of tiny flowers during the summer.


A versatile plant that looks great in a border, hanging basket, and cascading over the edge of a container.


Enjoys a sunny spot. It is not frost hardy so plant in container and move into a glasshouse, conservatory or porch in winter. Harvest the young leaves as required. Use a good quality general purpose compost for container growing.

A native of California it was discovered by the pioneer priests Alta California. The leaves may be infused to make a mild, scented tea.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Herb, Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 100 cm - 120 cm
Plant width 60 cm - 80 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 110 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Light sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Medium, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Wildlife garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - December

Typically available

From April to September