EDI Species of the Week

Thick-Leaved Yerba Santa (Eriodictyon crassifolium)

Endemic to California, the Thick-Leaved Yerba Santa thrives in various habitats within the coastal and inland hills and mountains, typically at altitudes below 6,000 feet, particularly in the southern part of the state. This robust shrub, covered in fine hair to woolly textures, reaches heights of one to three meters. Thick-Leaved Yerba Santa plays host to a diverse array of bees and butterflies, facilitating pollen exchange between distant patches. Seed dispersal is primarily achieved through gravity.