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Eriogonum fasciculatum (California Buckwheat)

California Buckwheat, Eastern Mojave Buckwheat, Flattop Buckwheat, Yellow Buckwheat

Eriogonum fasciculatum,  California Buckwheat, Eastern Mojave Buckwheat, Flattop Buckwheat, Yellow Buckwheat
Eriogonum fasciculatum,  California Buckwheat, Eastern Mojave Buckwheat, Flattop Buckwheat, Yellow Buckwheat
Eriogonum fasciculatum,  California Buckwheat, Eastern Mojave Buckwheat, Flattop Buckwheat, Yellow Buckwheat

Eriogonum fasciculatum (California Buckwheat) is an evergreen shrub of variable appearance, from open and upright to dense and mounding, with tufts of linear leaves along the branches. Leathery, they are green above, woolly on the undersides, and rolled under along the edges. Profuse tiny pink and white flowers held in dense, frilly clusters bloom for months from late spring to fall. Rich in nectar, they attract bees, butterflies. Birds are attracted to any seed that develops. The blossoms dry to a pretty red rust color as the soil dries. Tough and easy to grow, California Buckwheat tolerates very dry conditions and is a great choice for desert gardens or water-wise gardens.

  • Grows up to 1-6 ft. tall (30-180 cm) and 3-8 ft. wide (90-240 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun, in dry to medium, well-drained soils. Does not need supplemental water once established. Drought tolerant.
  • Great for banks and slopes (erosion control), wildlife gardens or as a groundcover.
  • Attracts bees, butterflies and birds but is deer resistant.
  • Generally pest and disease free. Root rot may occur in wet or poorly-drained soil.
  • Lightly cut back once every few years to thicken canopy cover and control shape.
  • Propagate by seed and softwood cuttings.
  • Native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico.

Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 11
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Polygonaceae
Genus Eriogonum
Common names Eastern Mojave Buckwheat, California Buckwheat, Buckwheat
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 6'
(30cm - 180cm)
Spread 3' - 8'
(90cm - 240cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Eriogonum grande var. rubescens (San Miguel Island Buckwheat)
Eriogonum nudum (Naked Buckwheat)
Eriogonum latifolium (Seaside Buckwheat)
Eriogonum giganteum (St. Catherine’s Lace)
Eriogonum umbellatum (Sulphur Buckwheat)
Eriogonum arborescens (Santa Cruz Island Buckwheat)

Recommended Companion Plants

Dudleya brittonii (Giant Chalk Dudleya)
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (Bearberry)
Yucca gloriosa ‘Bright Star’ (Spanish Dagger)
Ceanothus (California Lilac)
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 11
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Polygonaceae
Genus Eriogonum
Common names Eastern Mojave Buckwheat, California Buckwheat, Buckwheat
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 6'
(30cm - 180cm)
Spread 3' - 8'
(90cm - 240cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden
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