Woolly Yerba Santa
Eriodictyon tomentosum / Waterleaf Family
Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument
June 28, 2006
This shrubby plant was growing in a dry creekbed at Pinnacles National Monument. It had silvery leaves and tiny lavender-colored flowers. Thanks to my friend Sonnia, in Texas, for helping me identify this! When I found a photo of these flowers in a book, I realized these were drying up and not completely open, no wonder I couldn't figure out what it was! I don't know much Spanish, so I'm not sure about the common name; my guess is that is has something to do with "Saint's Herb" perhaps.