Eriogonum arborescens

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Eriogonum arborescens
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Polygonaceae
Genus: Eriogonum
E. arborescens
Binomial name
Eriogonum arborescens

Eriogonum arborescens is a species of wild buckwheat known by the common name Santa Cruz Island buckwheat.[1][2][3]


This shrub is endemic to the northern Channel Islands of California except San Miguel Island.[1][2]

It is found in coastal sage scrub and chaparral habitats, between 10–600 metres (33–1,969 ft).[2]


Eriogonum arborescens is a woody perennial shrub that grows from 6–15 decimetres (2.0–4.9 ft) in height, and sprawling from 5–30 decimetres (1.6–9.8 ft) in diameter.[2]

The stems have shreddy maroon=brown bark. They bear narrow, fuzzy green leaves at the ends of the branches, each 2 to 5 centimeters long and sometimes with edges rolled under.[2]

The frilly inflorescences of densely clustered flowers erect on nearly naked peduncles. Each flower is only a few millimeters wide, very light pink in color, with nine protruding stamens. The bloom period is from April to October.[1][2]

Cultivated specimen in the Regional Parks Botanic Garden, California.


This species, and most Buckwheats (Eriogonum sp.), are of special value to butterflies and native bees.[4][5]


Eriogonum arborescens is cultivated as an ornamental plant, for planting in native plant, drought tolerant, and in butterfly gardens and other wildlife gardens; and for larger designed natural landscaping and habitat restoration projects.[4][5][6]

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