Theodore Payne California Native Plant Database




Eriogonum parvifolium

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Species Name: Eriogonum parvifolium
Common Name: Coast Buckwheat

Good for coastal gardens. Needs more water and afternoon shade inland. Tolerates clay soil. Attractive pink flowers are a forage source for the endangered El Segundo Blue Butterfly.

Plant Family: Polygonaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 2' H x 2' W
Growth Habit: Shrub
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Sun or partial sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: Pink to white
Endangered?:
Distribution: Central Coast, South Coast Ranges
Natural Habitat: Dunes, seabluffs

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History
  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Of spreading branching habit, leaves thick dark green and smooth above, white or tomentose beneath. Flowers in compact heads on long stems, white or pink. Found on sand dunes and bluffs along the coast. Gallon cans, 50c."
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