One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A trailing aromatic herb with whitish or lilac flowers, related to savory. Native to the western US, it has been used medicinally and as a local tea.
- ‘Yerba Buena is an important medicinal plant. Primarily a pain reliever, it is also used in gaseous distention and as mouthwash.’
- ‘I'm considering planting some Yerba Buena (Satureja douglasii) under the tree. When is the best time to plant Yerba Buena?’
- ‘If Yerba Buena has been planted temporarily in a pot or can, transfer the plant to the prepared pot after 2 weeks’
Mid 19th century: from Spanish, literally ‘good herb’.
An island in San Francisco Bay in California; also, the name of the 1820s mainland settlement that became the city of San Francisco.
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