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Santa Cruz Island Buckwheat Journal

Eriogonum Arborescens – Santa Cruz Island Buckwheat

Aug 1, 2010. - Santa Cruz Island Buckwheat - Eriogonum Arborescens.
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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.

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Plant Meta Data

Common NameSanta Cruz Island Buckwheat
Botanic NameEriogonum Arborescens
OriginCalifornia Channel Islands
Bloom PeriodSpringSummerAutumn
Bloom Color
Light RequiredSun
Water ToleranceDrought
Potential Size (H x W)3' x 5'
NotesAttracts ButterfliesAttracts Bees

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Dec 12, 2010. - Santa Cruz Island Buckwheat - Eriogonum Arborescens.Sep 25, 2010. - Santa Cruz Island Buckwheat - Eriogonum Arborescens.Aug 1, 2010. - Santa Cruz Island Buckwheat - Eriogonum Arborescens.May 10, 2010. - Santa Cruz Island Buckwheat - Eriogonum Arborescens.