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Clinopodium douglasii
Oregon-tea, yerba buena

Distribution: Occurring chiefly west of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east to Montana.

Habitat: Coniferous woods, from sea level to middle elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial herbs from woody rhizomes, the stems prostrate, up to 1 m. long, often rooting, often with short, ascending branches.


Leaves opposite, short-petiolate or nearly sessile, the blade ovate to sub-rotund, 1-3.5 cm. long, usually with a few blunt teeth.


Flowers solitary in the axils on slender pedicels 5-15 mm. long; calyx about 5 mm. long with prominent ribs and 5 short, acute teeth; corolla two-lipped, the lips short, white or purplish-tinged, 7-10 mm. long; stamens 4, nearly equal, ascending under the upper lip; style 2-parted; ovary 2-celled, superior.


Nutlets 4

Accepted Name:
Clinopodium douglasii (Benth.) Kuntze
Publication: Revisio Generum Plantarum 2: 515. 1891.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Micromeria chamissonis (Benth.) Greene
Satureja chamissonis (Benth.) Briq.
Satureja douglasii (Benth.) Briq. [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Clinopodium douglasii in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Clinopodium douglasii checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Clinopodium douglasii atlas page.

CalPhotos: Clinopodium douglasii photos.

USDA Plants: Clinopodium douglasii information.

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