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

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Eriogonum crocatum

Saffron 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 crocatum

Native to Southern California. Low, compact plant to 1 1/2 ft. high, 2 ft. wide. Stems and roundish, 1-in.-long leaves are covered with white wool. Sulfur yellow flowers in broad, flattish clusters, early spring to late summer.

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