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Products > Eriogonum fasciculatum 'Warriner Lytle'
Eriogonum fasciculatum 'Warriner Lytle' - California Buckwheat

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Polygonaceae (Knotweeds)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pinkish White
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 1-3 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Eriogonum fasciculatum 'Warriner Lytle' (California Buckwheat) - A sprawling low growing California buckwheat that on occasion can grow to 2 feet tall but is often more prostrate, hugging the ground like a mat to about 4 feet wide. It has attractive fine-textured dark green small needle-like leaves held in fascicles and an arching habit that is somewhat reminiscent of a prostrate rosemary. In summer appear the tight round clusters of creamy white to pink flowers with turn to a rust color. Plant in full sun and irrigate only occasionally to very little. Hardy to around 15 F. Carol Bornstein, co-author of 'California Native Plants for the Garden' and primary horticulturist at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden notes that this tough dependable groundcover is the one cultivar of Eriogonum fasciculatum that usually draws her eye as she walks the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden grounds. As she notes in her book, "this is likely the most adaptable ground cover buckwheat". This is a great plant for dry slopes. 'Warriner Lytle' selection was introduced by the Theodore Payne Foundation and was named for one of their dedicated volunteers. The name for the genus comes from the Greek words 'erion' meaning "wool" and 'gonu' meaning a "joint" or a "knee" which refers to the hairy joints of the type species, Eriogonum tomentosum. The specific epithet is in reference to the fascicled arrangement of the leaves.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Eriogonum fasc. 'Warriner Lytle'.