Hoita macrostachya
Hoita macrostachyaHoita macrostachya

Hoita macrostachya

Leather root

Once common, but now rare, Hoita is a deciduous perennial grows 5-7′ tall and wide.

It can be found growing throughout California in moist situations or near seasonal streams. Bright green shoots appear in early spring, eventually forming a loose mound topped with purple or wine colored flowers in summer and lasting over a month before the plant slowly goes dormant.

Hoita macrostachya can be used as a soil stabilizer along a sunny stream, in a marsh, or at the ponds edge.

Sun: Full Sun, Part Shade
Water: Light, Moderate, High
Soil: Clay, Loam, Sand
Other: Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Birds, Deer Resistant, Erosion Control
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Ecological Value

Hoita macrostachya can be used as a soil stabilizer along a sunny stream, in a marsh, or at the ponds edge. The violet pea flowers on Hoita attract butterflies.

Historical Uses

The bark fibers of this plant are quite strong and were used by the Concow and Yokia tribes to make thread, hunting bags, and rope. It was favored over Dogbane for its aromatic odor which lingered for

Distribution

Native to California and is found only slightly beyond California borders.

Elevation

Between 0 and 5000 feet

Communities

Yellow Pine Forest, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral, Valley Grassland, wetland-riparian

Habitat

Moist areas and near seasonal streams