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St. Catherine's Lace

Eriogonum giganteum

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St. Catherine's Lace (Eriogonum giganteum) at Roger's Gardens

St. Catherine's Lace flowers

St. Catherine's Lace flowers

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St. Catherine's Lace (Eriogonum giganteum) at Roger's Gardens

St. Catherine's Lace in bloom

St. Catherine's Lace in bloom

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St. Catherine's Lace (Eriogonum giganteum) at Roger's Gardens

St. Catherine's Lace foliage

St. Catherine's Lace foliage

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Height:  6 feet

Spread:  8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8b

Description:

A stunning shrub for use in low maintenance landscaping; cream and pink flowers above the silvery-green foliage, on lace-like inflorescences in late spring; blooms mature through the summer to a cinnamon or rust color by fall; excellent for naturalizing

Ornamental Features

St. Catherine's Lace features showy creamy white lacecap flowers with pink overtones rising above the foliage from mid spring to mid fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has grayish green foliage with white undersides and tinges of silver. The fuzzy oval leaves remain grayish green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

St. Catherine's Lace is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It is a good choice for attracting birds, bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

St. Catherine's Lace is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

St. Catherine's Lace will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is native to parts of North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features