Click on image for full screen view.



Damiana, Damiana Turnera, Hierba del Venado, Hierba de Vemulo, Hierba de la Pastora, Xmisiboc, Oreganillo
Turnera diffusa var. aphrodisiaca


Damiana grows on the brushy hillsides along the Rio Grande in South Texas, into West Texas, Southern California, Mexico, the West Indies and South America. Its olive green leaves are coarsely toothed along the margin and very aromatic. In Mexico the leaves were used as a substitute for Chinese tea and for flavoring liquors. Damiana also has been used medicinally for a variety of ailments, and has a wide (but dubious) reputation as an aphrodisiac.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: yellow

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: 3-valved ovoid capsule

Height: 2 to 6 feet

Width: 2 feet

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: neutral

USDA Hardiness Zone:

Additional Comments:

| Index of Scientific Names | Index of Common Names | Photo Gallery Index |