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

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Zones 5, 14-17, 19-24
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Eriogonum cinereum

Ashyleaf Buckwheat
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 cinereum

Native to coastal bluffs and canyons of Southern California. Grows to 2–5 ft. tall and 3 ft. wide, with ash-colored, 1-in. leaves and pale pink flowers in ball-shaped clusters in summer. Best planted in groups.

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