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Products > Eriogonum grande var. rubescens
Eriogonum grande var. rubescens - San Miguel Island Buckwheat

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Polygonaceae (Knotweeds)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Eriogonum grande var. rubescens (San Miguel Island Buckwheat) - An evergreen small shrub that grows to 1 foot tall with the branches lying prostrate and spreading to 3 feet wide. It has small spoon-shaped leaves that are a gray-green on the upper surface and wooly below and in late spring through fall appear the inch wide pom pompon clusters of vivid pink flowers that are held above the foliage on a 2 foot tall branching inflorescence. Plant in full sun in sandy or even heavier clay soil with little to no irrigation. Hardy to 15 F. This great looking and durable buckwheat is both beautiful and its pollen and seed also attracts butterflies (Gray Hairstreak, Acmon Blue) and birds. This plant is native to San Miguel, Santa Cruz, and Santa Rosa islands in the Santa Barbara Channel Islands chain. The name for the genus comes from the Greek words 'erion' meaning "wool" and 'gonu' meaning a "joint" or a "knee", which some interpret to be in reference to the hairy joints of some of the species of the genus. The specific epithet is from the Latin word 'grandis' meaning "large", "grand" or "showy", and in this case it was likely for the showy flowers. The varietal name means "becoming red, again in reference to the pinkish red flowers.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Eriogonum grande var. rubescens.