Saffron buckwheat

Eriogonum crocatum


Saffron buckwheat is a small perennial type buckwheat that grows with striking gray to white foliage and sulphur-yellow flowers. This is a delicate plant, growing 12-18 in. high and produces a very intense display of chartreuse-yellow flowers in early spring.

Saffron buckwheat is a rare and endangered species that naturally occurs on dry slopes in the coastal sage scrub plant community throughout the Conejo Grade, Ventura County. Its small size and striking flower and foliage character have made it a popular plant for native gardens. While not long lived, this buckwheat will be among the most dramatic and eye-catching choices for borders, banks and rock gardens. Plant in well-drained soils, sunny exposures and sustain with low amounts of summer water.

Plant Type: Perennial, Native
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Mounding, Compact
Growth Rate: Short-lived, Moderate
Foliage Color: Silvery white
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Heat, Drought, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Rock gardens, Foliage accent plant, Flowering accent plant, California native, Borders, Banks, Attracts butterflies
Height: 12 in. – 18 in.
Width: 18 in. – 24 in.