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Eriogonum grande var. rubescens

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Eriogonum grande var. rubescens
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Eriogonum grande var. rubescens
Eriogonum grande var. rubescens
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Eriogonum grande var. rubescens
Eriogonum grande var. rubescens
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Eriogonum grande var. rubescens

Species Name: Eriogonum grande var. rubescens
Common Name: San Miguel Island or Red Buckwheat

Compact with round clusters of pink-red flowers in summer. Good for borders, containers, and rock gardens. Does well in clay soil. Protect from afternoon inland sun. Rare and endangered. Endemic to California.

Plant Family: Polygonaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 1' H x 2'-3' W
Growth Habit: Low, mounding or sprawling
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Coast: full sun; Inland: part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Occasional to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring/Fall
Flower Color: Light pink to red
Endangered?: List 1B / RED 2-2-3
Distribution: Northern Channel Islands
Natural Habitat: Dry cliffs below 600'

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History
  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Foliage at the base on a short woody caudex; leaves broad, woolly beneath, smooth above. Flowers rose-colored or red. A good subject for rock gardens. Forms a mat of attractive foliage from which rise many flower stems. From Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz Islands. Gallon cans, 50c."
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References
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
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