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July 19, 2014

New Front Yard: California buckwheat a butterfly favorite

Popular native perennial is a food source for winged visitors.

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.

California buckwheat

Eriogonum fasciculatum

Size: Under 3 feet.

Bloom season: Late spring, summer.

Pruning needs: Little or none; cut back and remove spent flowers in winter to renew.

Exposure: Full sun to partial shade.

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

Snapshot: Want butterflies in your garden? This drought-tolerant native attracts loads of winged visitors – especially butterflies, native bees, predatory wasps and small birds. This pretty buckwheat starts out with white flowers in late spring that gradually turn pink in summer, then rust red in fall. Buckwheat tolerates both clay and sandy soils and needs little care (or water) to look showy. See specimens in the arboretum’s California Foothill Collection on the UC Davis campus.

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

More online

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

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