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Southwest Desert Flora

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Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Eriodictyon angustifolium, Narrowleaf Yerba Santa

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Scientific Name: Eriodictyon angustifolium
Common Name: Narrowleaf Yerba Santa
Also Called: Narrowleaf Yerbasanta, Narrow-leafed Mountain Balm, Narrow-leafed Yerba Santa, Yerba Santa, (Spanish: Hierba Santa)
Family: Hydrophyllaceae (Boraginaceae, Hydrophylloideae), the Waterleaf Family
Synonyms: (Eriodictyon angustifolium var. amplifolium)
Status: Native
Duration: Perennial;
Size: Up to 6 feet or more.
Growth Form: Shrub; erect, stems glabrous or sticky.
Leaves: Green, dark glossy green; narrowly linear or lanceolate, short-petiole or sessile, leaves glabrous or resinous above, white tomentose beneath, leaf margins entire or dentate, revolute.
Flower Color: White; showy flowers, 5 petals flowers numerous in scorpiod cyme, corollas broadly funnelform, glabrous to sparsely hairy, fruit a capsule.
Flowering Season: April to August, earlier in California June to July.
Elevation: 2,000 to 7,000 feet.

Habitat Preferences: Dry slopes, common in chaparral, uncommon in California.

Recorded Range: In the United States Narrowleaf Yerba Santa is found in the west in; AZ, CA, NV and UT. It is also native to northern Baja California, Mexico.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Eriodictyon angustifolium.

U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available.

Genus Information: 9 species in Eriodictyon in the United States. 1 species in Arizona.

The Plant List includes 16 scientific plant names of species rank for the genus Eriodictyon. Of these 9 are accepted species names.

Comments: Narrowleaf Yerba Santa is a common plant in Arizona above 2,000 feet.

The Paiute used Narrowleaf Yerba Santa as a cold remedy and cough medicine and the Hualapai used this plant as a dermatological and gastrointestinal drug. See ethno-botanical uses at Native American Ethnobotany, University of Michigan, Dearborn.

Date Profile Completed: 10/01/2015, updated format 10/12/2017
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database and USGS ITIS search
Arizona Flora, Kearney, Thomas H., Peebles, Robert H., 1960, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles, California.
The Plant List (2013). Version 1.1. Published on the Internet; (accessed 10/01/2015).
1993, The Jepson Manual, Citation: (accessed dates 10/01/2015)
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names, recorded geographic locations and general information