Santa Cruz Island Buckwheat Plant Information
Santa Cruz Island Buckwheat grows in the following 1 states:California
Eriogonum arborescens is a species of wild buckwheat known by the common name Santa Cruz Island buckwheat.
This shrub is endemic to the northern Channel Islands of California except San Miguel Island.
It is found in coastal sage scrub and chaparral habitats, between 10-600 metres (33-1,969ft).
Eriogonum arborescens is a woody perennial shrub that grows from 6-15 decimetres (2.0-4.9ft) in height, and sprawling from 5-30 decimetres (1.6-9.8ft) in diameter.
The stems have shreddy maroon=brown bark. They bear narrow, fuzzy green leaves at the ends of the branches, each 2 to 5 centimeters long and sometimes with edges rolled under.
The frilly inflorescences of densely clustered flowers erect on nearly naked peduncles. Each flower is only a few millimeters wide, very light pink in color, with nine protruding stamens. The bloom period is from April to October.
This species, and most Buckwheats (Eriogonum sp.), are of special value to butterflies and native bees.
Eriogonum arborescens is cultivated as an ornamental plant, for planting in native plant, drought tolerant, and in butterfly gardens and other wildlife gardens; and for larger designed natural landscaping and habitat restoration projects.
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