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Conejo Buckwheat
Eriogonum crocatum
  
About Conejo Buckwheat (Eriogonum crocatum) 20 Nurseries Carry This Plant Eriogonum crocatum (Conejo Buckwheat or Saffron Buckwheat) is a rare species of wild Buckwheat that is endemic to the Conejo Valley and surrounding regions in Ventura County, California. It grows on open, dry hillsides, often in crags in rock faces. Conejo Buckwheat is a perennial shrub less than 0.5 meter high by 0.5-1 meter wide. Its foliage is a striking silvery green, with woolly leaves. It flowers from April-August, bearing clusters of tiny bright, sulfur yellow flowers. It has no dormancy period. Probably performs best in coastal southern California.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Size
Size
0.6 - 3 ft tall
1.6 - 3 ft wide

Form
Form
Mounding

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Moderate

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Fragrance
Fragrance
None

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow, Green

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Wildlife Supported
 
Buckwheats generally are very important for pollinators of all kinds

 
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Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Extremely Low, Very Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 3x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Very Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 30° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Medium, Slow

Soil Description
Soil Description
Generally rocky with clay, but tolerates other soils. Soil PH: 6.0 - 8.0

Common uses
Common uses
Deer Resistant, Bird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Propagation
Propagation?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Dry rocky slopes and rock faces on the northwestern edge of the Santa Monica Mountains among chaparral, coastal sage scrub or grassland; often found with very large patches of prickly pear cactus

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 14.8" - 20.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 0.27", Coldest Month: 51.0" - 54.0", Hottest Month: 71.8" - 73.4", Humidity: 1.80" - 17.69", Elevation: 125" - 1224"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Saffron Buckwheat


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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