Eriogonum crocatum * Conejo Buckwheat or Saffron Buckwheat
Eriogonum crocatum is a low spreading shrub. The silver leaves contrast excellently with the saffron yellow blooms and later with the cinnamon brown of the fading seed heads. Eriogonum crocatum will grow to a foot or so tall and up to two feet wide. Saffron Buckwheat plants will tolerate heavy soils if there is a slope and if there is a drying period between watering cycles. Eriogonum crocatum is endemic to the Conejo Valley in Ventura County, CA and hence the other common name Conejo Buckwheat. Eriogonum crocatum is a great addition to the butterfly garden where it is a nectar source for hairstreaks, the Common Buckeye and the Mournful Duskywing. Conejo Buckwheat plants are hardy to around 15° F. Eriogonum crocatum is a host plant for the Western Tussock Moth Caterpillar.
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