Eriogonum fasciculatum

California buckwheat

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 3' X 3'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
What do these mean?



California buckwheat grows in a mounding form with densely clustered narrow leaves reminiscent of rosemary. Late in spring it is covered with white pom-pom flowers which attract a wide array of pollinators. The bloom lasts for many weeks, then the flowers fade to a rust color. The flower stocks may be removed at this time, or left on into the winter to provide seed for birds. California buckwheat is unusual among our native buckwheat in accepting a good deal of shade. It also accepts a range of soil types and drainages. In partial shade in west San Jose, I have found that California buckwheat looks great all year without supplemental irrigation (naturalized).


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