Eriogonum arborescens

Santa Cruz Island Buckwheat

Plant family: Polygonaceae - Buckwheat


Plant type: Shrub, Sub-shrub

Plant origin: N/A, California

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Flower Color Cream, Pink
Blooming Season Fall, Spring, Summer
Height 2-3 feet, 3-5 feet
Spread 1-5 feet
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Wildlife Friendliness Rating
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Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub

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Clay, Decomposed Granite, Sandy Loam, Alkaline, Rocky

Special Characteristic

Attracts Wildlife, Autumn Foliage, Good for Cut Flowers, Tolerant of Clay Soil, Tolerates Hard Frost

Plant Highlights

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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Purchased plant on 7/16/21; most of the leaves were brown but there was some green growth. The plant did not thrive after being planted in my garden. Unless the plant is dormant, the plant as of 8/9/21 looks dead.

Posed by: LAURA YAMAMOTO, on Aug 9 2021 3:38PM


Posed by: Carlos Espinoza, on Jun 28 2021 11:11PM