Ellen Zagory / UC Davis

New Front Yard: Saint Catherine’s lace (Eriogonum giganteum) is a pretty California native shrub that bursts with white flowers throughout the summer. It quickly grows into a large, well-rounded shrub with attractive gray foliage.

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New Front Yard: Butterflies love this native ‘lace’

Published: Saturday, Jun. 7, 2014 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 - 1:20 am

This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum “New Front Yard” series, 41 drought-tolerant and beautiful plants well adapted to our region.

Saint Catherine’s lace

Eriogonum giganteum

Size: 4 to 6 feet

Bloom season: Summer

Pruning needs: Remove old flower stalks. Prune to maintain a compact form.

Exposure: Full to partial sun

Water needs: Once established, water deeply once or twice a month.

Snapshot: A California native, this shrub produces large, showy clusters of lacy white flowers throughout the summer – a big draw for butterflies and beneficial insects. Fast-growing, this plant quickly develops into a large, rounded shrub with woolly, light gray foliage – and needs little water. You can see specimens mixed in with the conifer collection at the UC Davis Arboretum on campus.

• For more on the New Front Yard, click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

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See photo galleries of the arboretum’s Community Favorites and Arboretum All-Stars at sacbee.com/home_garden.



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