Perennial trailing herb from a woody rhizome, mat-forming; stems reclining, to 1 m long, slightly woody, minutely sparse-hairy, 4-angled, sometimes rooting, often with short ascending branches; aromatic.
Opposite, egg-shaped to almost round, 1-3.5 cm long, tips rounded, minutely sparse-hairy, margins irregularly blunt-toothed; short-stalked or nearly unstalked.
Inflorescence of solitary (-3) flower in leaf axils; flower stalks slender, 5-15 mm long; corollas tubular, white or purple-tinged, 7-10 mm long, minutely stiff-hairy on outside, lips 2, short, the lower lip spreading, 3-lobed, the upper lip erect, notched; calyces tubular, 4-5 mm long, minutely hairy, 12- to 15-veined, with 5 short, pointed teeth.
Nutlets, 4 clustered together, about 1 mm long, smooth, shiny brown.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|CDF(29), CWH(3), ICH(6), IDF(2)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Micromeria chamissonis (Benth.) Greene
Satureja chamissonis (Benth.) Briq.
Satureja douglasii (Benth.) Briq.