California buckwheat

Eriogonum fasciculatum

Description

A densely branched shrub growing 2-4 ft. high and 3-6 ft. wide. Prickly foliage is comprised of small needle-like leaves. White to light pink flowers occur in late spring; seed heads mature to deep brown by late fall and persist into winter. California buckwheat is the most wide spread species of buckwheat in California. It grows in the coastal sage scrub plant communities in coastal and inland bluffs, plains and foothills. With in its range, it has proven to be adapt able to many types of soils, as well as heat, aridity and drought. It provides pollen for honey bees and produces an abundance of seeds for birds. This species is widely used for slope stabilization and restoration of natural areas, and is easily established by seed. A number of prostrate cultivars are grown as groundcovers in native plant gardens.

Plant Type: Shrub, Ground cover, Native
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Mounding, Dense
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Medium green
Flower Color: Pink, White
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Clay, Calcareous soil
Exposure Adaptations: Heat, Drought, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Slopes, Restoration, Banks, Background plant, Attracts bees, Attracts butterflies
Height: 2 ft. – 4 ft.
Width: 3 ft. – 6 ft.