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Eriogonum giganteum (photo courtesy of Annie’s Annuals & Perennials)
Eriogonum giganteum (photo courtesy of Annie’s Annuals & Perennials)

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Zones 5, 7-9, 14-24
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Full
Regular WaterMinimal Water
Moderate, Minimal

Eriogonum giganteum

St. Catherine’s Lace
Polygonaceae
Perennials, Shrubs

ERIOGONUM

Individual blossoms are tiny but grow in long-stemmed or branched clusters—usually domed, flattish, or ball-like. Flowers age to an attractive tan or reddish brown and persist for a long time; good in dried arrangements. Flowers attract butterflies; birds enjoy the seeds. Grow best in well-drained, loose, gravelly soil. Useful for covering dry banks, massing among rocks; smaller forms make good specimens in rock gardens.

Eriogonum giganteum

Native to Santa Catalina and San Clemente islands, Southern California. Grows to above 6 ft. tall, branches freely; produces umbels of white flowers that turn rust in autumn. Leaves are grayish-white, broadly oval, 1–2 1/2 in. long. Differs from Eriogonum arborescens in its more freely branching habit, leaf size, and longer period of bloom.

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