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Drought Tolerant

Perennial- Buckwheat, Santa Cruz Island

Eriogonum arborescens garden
Common Name: Buckwheat, Santa Cruz Island

Botanical Name:    Eriogonum arborescens

Family:    Polygonaceae

Description:  Evergreen shrub, native to Channel Islands

Sun: Full sun

Water: Very little water

Soil: Prefers well drained but can tolerate clay

Habit and form: Compact, mounding, dense growth; 3 to 6 feet high and up t0 5t feet wide. Stems have narrow, fuzzy green leaves

Flower type: Densely clustered, small frilly flowers on nearly naked stalks

Eriogonum arborescens flowers
Flower color & bloom season: Creamy white or pink fading to rust to cinnamon brown; flowers from Spring to Fall

Uses, if any, for plant and/or flowers: Attractive to butterflies and birds; erosion control

Pruning time & method: Not much pruning required; remove disintegrating flower stalks


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