Eriogonum giganteum S. Watson
St. Catherine's Lace
Polygonaceae (Buckwheat Family)
USDA Symbol: ERGI2
A 3-6 ft., or taller, evergreen shub, equally as wide, with repeatedly forked branches, large gray-woolly, spoon-shaped leaves, and immense flat-topped clusters of white flowers which fade to rust-red.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Size Notes: Up to about 10 feet tall, often shorter.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: White to rosy pink. May flower year-round under the right conditions.
Native Distribution: Channel Islands, CA
Native Habitat: Dry, shrubby slopes
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Flowers dry well.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
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Adult Food Source
PropagationDescription: Propagation by seed is possible.
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
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Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright
Bibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
Search More Titles in Bibliography
Web ReferenceWebref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America - beta site (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Eriogonum giganteum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Eriogonum giganteum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Eriogonum giganteum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-10-18
Research By: TWC Staff