From California Natives Wiki
Species Name: Eriogonum cinereum
Common Name: Ashy-leaf Buckwheat
- An excellent, versatile ground cover that thrives in both coastal gardens and inland. Recommended for erosion control on slopes and hillsides. Superb forage source for butterflies.
- Plant Family: Polygonaceae
- Plant Type: Shrub
- Height by Width: 2' H x 6' W
- Growth Habit: Open, airy
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
- Growth Rate: Fast
- Sun Exposure: Sun to partial sun
- Soil Preference: Adaptable
- Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
- Cold Hardy to: 25 degrees F
- Flower Season: Summer
- Flower Color: Light pink
- Endangered?: Not listed
- Distribution: Southern Central Coast, Western South Coast, Santa Rosa Island
- Natural Habitat: Beaches, coastal bluffs to 1800'
- Care and Maintenance
- Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
- From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: Forms a dense branching shrub of spreading habit 2 to 4 feet high with rather small ovate leaves; the whole plant ash colored or gray. Flowers soft rosy pink, very attractive. Found on bluffs near the seacoast blooming abundantly for many months, sometimes on into the winter season. Gallon cans, 50c."
- Other Names
- Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.