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Eriogonum crocatum * Conejo Buckwheat or Saffron Buckwheat

Eriogonum crocatum is a low spreading shrub. The silver leaves contrast excellently with the saffron yellow flowers 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 the Acmon Blue, Gray Hairstreak, the Umber Skipper Butterfly, Northern White Skipper, the Common Buckeye, Mountain Mahogany Hairstreak, Hedgerow Hairstreak, Great Purple Hairstreak, California Common Ringlet, Mormon Metalmark, 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.

Eriogonum crocatum, Saffron Buckwheat, Conejo Buckwheat

Yellow flowers of Eriogonum crocatum known as the Saffron Buckwheat or Conejo Buckwheat. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Eriogonum crocatum, Saffron Buckwheat, Conejo Buckwheat

Yellow flowers and Silver Foliage of Eriogonum crocatum - Saffron Buckwheat or Conejo Buckwheat.

Buckwheats in the Eriogonum genus featured on this site:
Eriogonum arborescens * Santa Cruz Island Buckwheat
Eriogonum cinereum * Ashyleaf Buckwheat, Coastal Buckweat
Eriogonum crocatum * Conejo Buckwheat, Saffron Buckweat
Eriogonum fasciculatum * California Buckwheat
Eriogonum fasciculatum Warriner Lytle * Warriner Lytle California Buckwheat
Eriogonum giganteum * Saint Catherine's Lace
Eriogonum grande rubescens * Red Buckwheat, Pink Buckwheat
Eriogonum incanum * Frosted Buckwheat
Eriogonum latifolium * Seaside Buckwheat, Coast Buckwheat
Eriogonum parviflorum * Sea Cliff Buckwheat, Coastal Buckwheat
Eriogonum umbellatum * Sulphur Buckwheat
Eriogonum wrightii * Bastardsage, Wright's Buckwheat