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

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Zones 7-9, 12-24
Full Sun
Regular WaterMinimal Water
Moderate, Minimal

Eriogonum fasciculatum

California Buckwheat
Perennials, Shrubs


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 fasciculatum

Native to the foothills of California (from Santa Clara to San Diego) and to the desert mountain slopes of Southern California. Forms a clump 1–3 ft. high, spreading to 4 ft. Leaves are narrow, 1/2–3/4 in. long; may be dark green above, white and woolly beneath, or gray and hairy. White or pinkish flowers in headlike clusters, late spring to early fall. Good for erosion control. ‘Theodore Payne’ is lower growing, makes an attractive green groundcover, as does ‘Warriner Lytle’.

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