Plant family: Polygonaceae - Buckwheat
Plant type: Shrub, Sub-shrub
Plant origin: N/A, California
Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub
Clay, Decomposed Granite, Sandy Loam, Alkaline, Rocky
Attracts Wildlife, Autumn Foliage, Good for Cut Flowers, Tolerant of Clay Soil, Tolerates Hard Frost
This is one of our favorite buckwheats. It is native to the Channel Islands, but will thrive in coastal and inland areas on the mainland. This small shrub is striking year-round, with a long bloom cycle from spring through fall. It is very drought tolerant and needs no water after it is well established. It is sun-loving, easy to grow and cold hardy. Santa Cruz Island Buckwheat has a neat mounding shape with foliage that is bluish green at first, maturing to a gray green. The broad flower clusters rise on stems above the foliage and are rosy pink, fading to cream and becoming a rusty red as the seeds set. This plant is a magnet for butterflies and the birds will flock to harvest the seeds in fall. At home you can use the flower heads in a dried flower arrangement.
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