Yerba Mansa, Lizard Tail
Anemopsis californica (Nutt.) Hook. & Arn. (Saururaceae)
California native
common name: lizard tail
- a dicot in the Saururaceae family -
Yerba manza puts out long pale runners in the spring that look like lizard tails
Yerba Mansa blooms in May and June

Yerba Mansa is a spectacular wildflower event at Kaweah Oaks Preserve every May and June.  It blankets the meadow with thousands of white cone flowers (see image below). It is commonly known as 'Lizard Tail' because of its long pinkish runners it puts out in spring. 

As the summer approaches, the flowers turn a brilliant reddish-bronze to create an ever dramatic scene in the meadow. The Yokuts had many medicinal uses for this native perennial herb. 

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Yerba Mansa in Alkali Meadow, mid-May


Late June

 
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