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Eriogonum arborescens

Eriogonum arborescens Greene

Santa Cruz Island Buckwheat, Santa Cruz Island Wild Buckwheat

Polygonaceae (Buckwheat Family)


USDA Symbol: ERAR6

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A 3 ft. shrub, (sometimes considered a woody perennial), with silvery-gray, curled foliage and creamy-pink flowers. The stems have shreddy bark and the leaves crowd in terminal tufts. These are topped by broad, flat clusters of flowers.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


Native Distribution: Channel Islands, CA
Native Habitat: Rocky slopes & canyon walls

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Well-drained, dry soils.
Conditions Comments: Drought-tolerant. Flowers are often cut, dried and used as everlastings.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Description: Propagate by seed.
Seed Collection: The three-sided achene can be hand-stripped from the plant.
Seed Treatment: Seeds of this genus generally germinate without pretreatment but in such a large genus, a variety of germination responses can be expected.
Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

Additional resources

USDA: Find Eriogonum arborescens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Eriogonum arborescens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Eriogonum arborescens


Record Modified: 2017-08-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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