Boraginaceae: Borage Family —  Eriodictyon & Emmenanthe

California Yerba Santa – Eriodictyon californicum

Blooms:

Apr–July

Plant Height:

6–25 dm

Flower Size:

Medium

Origin:

Native

Habitat:

Dry slopes

Notes:

Shrub, with clusters of funnel-shaped white to purplish flowers, 6–10 mm long. The leaves are up to 15 cm, narrow, oblong to lanceolate, entire and toothed and covered in a sticky resin.

Woolly Yerba Santa – Eriodictyon tomentosum

Blooms:

May–July

Plant Height:

10–30 dm

Flower Size:

Small cluster

Origin:

Native

Habitat:

Dry slopes, mainly inland and in Santa Lucias

Notes:

Like California Yerba Santa (Eriodictyon californicum) , this is also a shrub with leaves about the same size and shape, but is otherwise quite different.  Both twigs and leaves are covered in dense white-woolly hairs giving it a silvery-blue to -gray appearance.  Leaves are entire to coarsely toothed.  Flowers are in dense fuzzy bunches of coiled, tiny, very light lavender to white, glandular, urn-shaped flowers.

Whispering Bells – Emmenanthe penduliflora var. penduliflora

Blooms:

Apr–July

Plant Height:

10–50 cm

Flower Size:

Small

Origin:

Native

Habitat:

A fire follower, also found on recently disturbed ground such as shale slopes

Notes:

Generally many branched with a loose growth habit.  Leaves are simple, toothed to pinnately lobed. There are clusters of pale lemon, bell-shaped flowers, more or less erect in bud but becoming pendulous as the flowers mature.

Pink-flowered Whispering Bells – Emmenanthe penduliflora var. rosea

Blooms:

Apr–June

Plant Height:

5–85 cm

Flower Size:

Small

Origin:

Native

Habitat:

Talus slopes or rocky or sandy soils

Notes:

Much less common than the yellow-flowered Whispering Bells (Emmenanthe penduliflora), the flowers are typically pink, much paler inside than out. White flowers are occasionally found. The stem and leaf axes are commonly reddish.  Leaves may be toothed or pinnately lobed.