Plant Care California Yerba Santa

California Yerba Santa

About California Yerba Santa

California Yerba Santa is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Taxonomy

Eriodictyon californicum
Eriodictyon
Hydrophyllaceae
Boraginales

Also known as

Sacred herb, Mountain balm, Bear's weed, Gum bush, Gum plant, Consumptive weed, Herbe des montagnes, Herbe à ourse, Herbe sacrée, Herbe sainte, Hierba santa, Holy herb and Tarweed

How to care for California Yerba Santa

💦 Water

How often to water your California Yerba Santa

Water needs for California Yerba Santa
0.5 cups
every 9

California Yerba Santa needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for California Yerba Santa in your home

Light needs and placement for plant California Yerba Santa: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

California Yerba Santa love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

California Yerba Santa does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of California Yerba Santa in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize California Yerba Santa

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for California Yerba Santa: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your California Yerba Santa after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

California Yerba Santa prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

California Yerba Santa requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

California Yerba Santa will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
California Yerba Santa can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 7a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for California Yerba Santa

California Yerba Santa


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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