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Eriogonum latifolium (Seaside Buckwheat)

Seaside Buckwheat, Coast Buckwheat, Wild Buckwheat

Eriogonum latifolium,  Seaside Buckwheat, Coast Buckwheat, Wild Buckwheat, California Native Plants, Oregon Native Plants, California Native Perennials, Oregon Native Perennials
Eriogonum latifolium,  Seaside Buckwheat, Coast Buckwheat, Wild Buckwheat, California Native Plants, Oregon Native Plants, California Native Perennials, Oregon Native Perennials
Eriogonum latifolium,  Seaside Buckwheat, Coast Buckwheat, Wild Buckwheat, California Native Plants, Oregon Native Plants, California Native Perennials, Oregon Native Perennials

Eriogonum latifolium (Seaside Buckwheat) is a small, mounding, evergreen perennial or sub-shrub with soft, oval, silvery-green leaves densely felted beneath. Profuse lollipop-looking flower heads in shades of white, cream, and pink bloom for months from late spring to fall. Rich in nectar, they attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Birds are attracted to any seed that develops. The blossoms dry to a pretty coppery brown color as the soil dries. Tough and easy to grow, Seaside Buckwheat tolerates dry conditions and is a great choice for rocky slopes, rock gardens and perennial beds. Native to the coastline of the western United States from Washington to central California, Seaside Buckwheat is a common resident of coastal bluffs and scrub. Its attractive foliage and pompom flowers make it a desirable garden plant.

  • Grows up to 1-2 ft. tall (30-60 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun to part shade, in dry to medium, well-drained soils. Prefers full sun very close to the ocean, but likes part shade in areas that are more inland. Needs very little supplemental water once established. Tolerates clay but prefers fast draining rocky or sandy soil. Drought tolerant.
  • Great for banks and slopes (erosion control), wildlife gardens, rock gardens, coastal 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.
  • Propagate by seed (no treatment). Seeds germinate 14 days after sowing.
  • Native to California and Oregon.

Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 11
Climate Zones 4, 5, 14, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Polygonaceae
Genus Eriogonum
Common names Buckwheat
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Pacific Northwest, California, Oregon
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil, Clay Soil
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

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

Recommended Companion Plants

Abronia latifolia (Yellow Sand Verbena)
Dudleya farinosa (Bluff Lettuce)
Garrya elliptica ‘James Roof’ (Silk Tassel Bush)
Sedum spathulifolium (Broadleaf Stonecrop)
Chamaebatiaria millefolium (Fernbush)
Erigeron glaucus (Seaside Daisy)
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 8 - 11
Climate Zones 4, 5, 14, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Polygonaceae
Genus Eriogonum
Common names Buckwheat
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Pacific Northwest, California, Oregon
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil, Clay Soil
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden
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