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Plant type

Perennial herb

Size

8 - 18 in Tall
3 ft Wide

Form

Spreading

Growth rate

Fast, Moderate

Dormancy

Evergreen

Fragrance

None

Color

Cream, Pink, White, Red

Flowering season

Spring, Summer, Fall

Common uses

Containers, Deer resistant, Groundcover

This petite, attractive buckwheat originated on California's Channel Islands, but has become a popular landscape plant throughout the state. Its rosy-colored flower clusters rise above low-growing foliage and bloom from spring to fall. The flowers attract a variety of pollinators, especially butterflies. After blooming, the seeds provide food for birds.

This plant spreads moderately but stays compact, making it a good choice for small spaces. It does best in full sun with a small amount of supplemental summer water. Combined with other drought-adapted plants, it does well in rock and pollinator gardens, along borders, and on slopes.

Sun

Full Sun

Water

Low, Very Low

Summer irrigation

Max 1x / month once established

Ease of care

Easy

Cold tolerance

Tolerates cold to 20° F

Soil drainage

Slow

Soil description

This plant is said to be tolerant of clay and alkaline soils.
Soil PH: 6.0 - 8.0

Maintenance

Deadhead to stimulate more flowers

Propagation

For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Sunset Zones

5, 14, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18, 19, 20, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Island companions include Island Ironwood (Lyonothamnus fasciculatus ssp. asplenifolius), Catalina Cherry (Prunus ilicifolia ssp. lyonii), St. Catherine's Lace (Eriogonum giganteum), Island Buckwheat (Eriogonum arborescens), Island Morning Glory (Calystegia macrostegia), Island Ceanothus (Ceanothus arboreus), Channel Islands Tree Poppy (Dendromecon hardordii), Island Alum Root (Heuchera maxima), Island Mallow (Lavatera assurgentiflora), Island Pitcher Sage (Lepechinia fragrans), Island Oak (Quercus tomentella), Catalina Island Gooseberry (Ribes virburnifolium), and Santa Rosa Island Sage (Salvia brandegeei)

Island Morning Glory

Calystegia macrostegia

Island Ceanothus

Ceanothus arboreus

Santa Cruz Island Buckwheat

Eriogonum arborescens

St. Catherine's Lace

Eriogonum giganteum

Birds
Bees
Caterpillars
Pollinators

Butterflies and moths supported

0 confirmed and 11 likely

Confirmed Likely

Orange Tortrix Moth

Argyrotaenia franciscana

Bramble Hairstreak|Bluish Green Hairstreak|Lotus Hairstreak

Callophrys dumetorum

Chlorochlamys appellaria

Dotted Blue

Euphilotes enoptes

Site type

Dry, rocky cliffs and protected pockets on the northern Channel Islands where the dominant atmospheric conditions are strongly marine influenced

Plant communities

Chaparral, Coastal Beach & Dune, Coastal Scrub