Eriogonum fasciculatum var. fasciculatum

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Eriogonum fasciculatum var. fasciculatum
Eriogonum fasciculatum var. fasciculatum

Species Name: Eriogonum fasciculatum var. fasciculatum
Common Name: California Buckwheat

Very important nectar and food source for many butterflies, including the Lupine Blue. Flower emerge in summer and dry to a pretty rust-brown color and persist through the winter and spring. Excellent for erosion control.

Plant Family: Polygonaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 3-4' H x 4' W
Growth Habit: Dense, upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: Cream
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Central and Southern California Floristic Province, Eastern Sierra Nevada, Deserts
Natural Habitat: Dry slopes, washes and canyons in Coastal Sage Scrub, Chaparral, Deserts below 8000'

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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 low growing shrub with short needle-like deep green leaves. Flowers in large heads, white tinged with pink appearing in summer and early fall when few other native shrubs are in bloom. Valuable for planting on dry banks and for covering cuts and fills where new roads have been made. Gallon cans, 40c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.