Eriogonum arborescens

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Eriogonum arborescens
Eriogonum arborescens
Eriogonum arborescens

Species Name: Eriogonum arborescens
Common Name: Santa Cruz Island Buckwheat

This beautiful, uncommon shrub is easy to grow and looks great year-round with very little maintenance. Popular with butterflies, especially hairstreaks and blues. Grows well in clay soil. Excellent for erosion control.

Plant Family: Polygonaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 3' H x 5' W
Growth Habit: Compact, mounding
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 10 degrees F
Flower Season: Summer/Winter
Flower Color: Light Pink to chocolate
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Northern Channel Islands except San Miguel Island
Natural Habitat: Dry slopes

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: A rare species from Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Islands. Forms a spreading bushy plant 2 to 4 feet high or more, with narrow, light green foliage and covered in summer with attractive, broad flat heads of rosy pink flowers. An ornament in any garden. Gallon cans, 50c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, California: Cachuma Press. 2005.
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.