Eriogonum cinereum

Ashyleaf buckwheat

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 4' X 3'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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This is another of California’s exceptional endemic buckwheat. It grows naturally in coastal strand and coastal sage scrub from Santa Barbara County to San Diego County. It grows in a rounded, upright, neat form to about 3 feet or so. The leaves are silvery gray. The pink-tinted white flowers are born on stalks about 12 inches over the foliage. These dry to a dark rusty brown that contrasts nicely with the light foliage. The seed heads may be removed for a more tidy appearance or left on to provide forage for birds throughout the winter. Ashyleaf buckwheat maintains an excellent appearance throughout the year with little or no water after being established. It appreciates a sunny site, but is adaptable as to soil type and drainage. It tolerated cold to 15F.


Deer Resistant: No
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen