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Eriogonum parvifolium var. paynei

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Species Name: Eriogonum parvifolium var. paynei
Common Name: Buenaventura Buckwheat

Forms a dense mat covered in flowers that attract butterflies. Tolerates poor soils. Requires good drainage.

Plant Family: Polygonaceae
Plant Type: Groundcover/Shrub
Height by Width: 3' H x 1'- 6' W
Growth Habit: Loosely branched
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Sun to partial shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 35 degrees F
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: Pink to white
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Central and South Coast
Natural Habitat: Loose gravelly slopes

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History
  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Somewhat similar to E. parvifolium, but with smaller leaves and of more graceful habit. The plants throw up several rather slender arching branches with small whitish flower heads. From the mountains of Ventura County. Gallon cans, 50c."
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