Eriogonum crocatum

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Eriogonum crocatum
Eriogonum crocatum
Eriogonum crocatum

Species Name: Eriogonum crocatum
Common Name: Conejo Buckwheat

Rare! One of the most attractive accent plants. Distinctive wooly gray leaves provide contrasting color and texture in the garden. Has rich yellow flowers in summer. Enjoyed by butterflies.

Plant Family: Polygonaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 1' H x 3' W
Growth Habit: Low, mounding, spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer dormant
Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?: List 1B/ RED 2-2-3
Distribution: Southwestern Transverse Range (Northwest Santa Monica Mtns, Ventura County)
Natural Habitat: Dry, rocky 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 found growing on rocks in the Camarillo Hills. Grows 6 inches to 1 foot high with rounded, crowded, white-felted leaves and sulphur-yellow flowers. A good plant for rock gardens. Gallon cans, 50c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: 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.