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Eriogonum crocatum

Eriogonum crocatum Davidson

Conejo Buckwheat, Saffron Buckwheat, Saffron Wild Buckwheat

Polygonaceae (Buckwheat Family)


USDA Symbol: ERCR3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A densely white-woolly buckwheat with a mounded bush shape. Bright yellow flowers occur in dense, showy flower clusters. This buckwheat grows to 20 in. in height.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Notes: Up to about 20 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul


Native Distribution: Ventura Co., CA
Native Habitat: Rocky, coastal sage slopes at 500 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky soil.
Conditions Comments: Drought tolerant.

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

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-09
Research By: TWC Staff

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