Eriogonum crocatum

Saffron buckwheat

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Naturalize, Occasional, Regular
Height X Width: 3' X 3'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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This Ventura County endemic is as close as one can come to a perfect buckwheat. Saffron buckwheat grows as a low, rounded shrub with silvery white leaves. Against this background flowers of turmeric yellow appear in late spring. These fade to saffron (paprika?) and enhance the beauty of saffron buckwheat throughout the year. The spent seed heads may be left on to provide winter forage for birds or removed for a cleaner appearance. Like many buckwheats, saffron buckwheat looks great all year, even in the heat of the end of summer. Adding to its many qualities, saffron buckwheat is adaptable to various soil types and will accept light shade, though full sun is recommended.


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