|Figure 128.Yerba santa (Eriodictyon californicum)|
Other common names.Mountain balm, consumptive's weed,* bear's-weed, gum plant, tarweed.
Habitat and range.Yerba santa is common on the Pacific coast along the coastal ranges from central California north to Oregon.
Description.This evergreen shrub, which reaches a height of from 3 to 4 feet, has a smooth stem which exudes a gummy substance. The narrow, dark-green, leathery leaves are from 3 to 4 inches in length and are covered with a resinous substance which makes them appear as if varnished. The rather showy, whitish, or pale-blue flowers are borne in clusters at the top of the plant.
Part used.The leaves.
*This is a popular but misleading name.