San Miguel Island Red Buckwheat

Eriogonum grande var. rubescens

Very attractive and showy, yet rugged - practically thriving on neglect! Hot pink flowers on tall stems above a low mound of soft gray-green foliage provide summer-long color. Tolerates drought, coastal conditions, alkaline and clay soils. Excellent for hillsides and naturalized areas. An herbaceous perennial.
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Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.

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LoreAll parts of this California coastal native plant, the foliage, flower nectar and seeds, provide a source of food for butterflies, many birds, small mammals and other wildlife.
Average Size at MaturityFoliage reaches 6 in. tall, 6 to 10 in. wide; blooms reach 24 in. tall.
Bloom TimeLate Spring through Late Summer
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeLong Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPink
Foliage ColorSilver-green
Garden StyleRustic, Xeric
Growth HabitMounding
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Hillside, Coastal Exposure, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureEasy Care, North American Native Selection, Waterwise, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsCalifornia Lilac (Ceanothus); Verbena (Verbena); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Salvia (Salvia); Phlox (Phlox)

Adapts to most well-drained soils. Best with full sun near coast, part shade in hot inland areas. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish the root system. Once established, reduce frequency; very drought tolerant in cool coastal regions. Provide occasional supplemental water in the absence of normal winter rainfall.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-10

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