Pine Cone Flower aka Yerba Mansa (Anemopsis californica)
This plant has a very unusual bloom--it is called pine cone flower because its long lasting blooms have large white bracts, on top of which is a flower cluster that looks like a miniature white pine cone. New blooms have a strong, spicy scent. Very cool!
Largish, waxy gray-green leaves grow from a rosette to about 10-15", with blooming stems taller.
Pine cone flower blooms in late Spring and Summer, and when happy it multiplies rapidly with runners, just like a strawberry plant. If you want to restrain its boundaries, simply remove the runners.
The plant turns reddish in cold, and in Fall turns completely red before going dormant.
It shouldn't be a surprise given its Latin name, but pine cone flower is a Southwest US native, including California.
Hardiness Zone: 7-10
Planting Container: We recommend a medium planting bag
Light Requirements: full sun to part shade, with more shade in warmer (and especially drier) climates
Height: 10"-15", flowering stems higher - Spread: 12-24"+, spreads with above ground runners like a strawberry plant
Water Depth: Moist soil to 6" under water (maximum depth is for mature plants only)
For planting instructions see our: Planting Instructions for Bog Plants Page.