Eriogonum Arborescens is a compact buckwheat native to the California channel islands. Though named after the island of Santa Cruz, it can be found on other islands in the channel island group.
This fast growing shrub is very drought tolerant with foliage boasting almost succulent-like qualities. Clusters of tiny pink flowers appear from late spring through fall attracting bees and butterflies. Even when not in bloom, the attractive twisting, peeling bark gives this plant year-round interest. Santa Cruz Island Buckwheat needs full sun and very little water once established. It’ll quickly spread up to 5′ wide and the compact structure provides good cover for wildlife.
Our specimen suffered a bit of limb damage in heavy rain and high winds this winter but overall it’s a hardy plant and great for native wildlife.
|Common Name||Santa Cruz Island Buckwheat|
|Botanic Name||Eriogonum Arborescens|
|Origin||California Channel Islands|
|Potential Size ||3' x 5'|
|Notes||Attracts ButterfliesAttracts Bees|