A five ft. perennial shrub. Native Americans and early settlers used it for a cure-all. Now used for soil stabilization; will sucker along roots and tie-up a bank area. It's very drought tolerant. A pioneer plant, that grows in disturbed soil, and grows best in full sun. It grows in drier areas of the coastal areas and the Sierra Nevada mountains. Associated plants range from Pinus Sabiniana with Arctostaphylos viscida, Rhamnus ilicifolia, Rhus trilobata, Quercus wislizenii, Cercocarpus betuloides, Ceanothus cuneatus and Quercus douglasii. In drainage channels it will many times be associated with Populus and Platanus. Soils are usually fast draining and can vary from rocky granite to coarse sand. It suffers die-back but has plenty of suckers to carry it.
Eriodictyon californicum tolerates sand, clay and serpentine.
Foliage of Eriodictyon californicum has color white and is evergreen.
Flower of Eriodictyon californicum has color blue.
Communities for Eriodictyon californicum:Chaparral, Mixed-evergreen Forest, Northern Oak Woodland, Redwood Forest, Yellow Pine Forest and Central Oak Woodland.