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May 2017

Have you noticed the popcorn-white flowers on our hills? That's California Buckwheat!


California Buckwheat

Eriogonum fasciculatum

  • Height: 3 to 4 ft.
  • Width: 3 to 4 ft.
  • Flower Color: Cream to Pink
  • Bloom Time: Spring, Summer & Fall
  • Water: Drought tolerant
  • Exposure: Full sun
  • Garden Uses: Plant to create a habitat haven, for color and seasonality, or to stabilize a slope

*Photos courtesy of Calscape, Tree of Life Nursery, Las Pilitas Nursery, and ASU.

With over 125 species in the Buckwheat family, California Buckwheat is part of one of the largest plant families in California.  It’s no wonder that Buckwheats are some of the most important habitat plants in our state!  Numerous species of butterflies and moths rely solely on California Buckwheat to survive, such as the Acmon Blue, Gray Hairstreak, and Blue Copper.  Bees and other pollinators also seek out this plant during the hot summer months for their primary food source. 

In addition to its wildlife value, California Buckwheat, or Eriogonum fasciculatum, is a highly ornamental plant that is very useful and versatile in the garden.  It has creamy-white flowers that grow in clusters at the top of the stems.  Bursting to life in the late spring, these flowers slowly turn to a light shade of pink in the summer and dry to a beautiful rust color in the fall.  The attractive blade-like, green to gray leaves have a leathery texture and grow straight from the branches.  Once established, this extremely hardy shrub rarely needs supplemental water and thrives in hot, sunny locations in the landscape.  California Buckwheat is also a very useful plant for slope stabilization.  Some homeowners even replace rose bushes with this plant because of its longer-lasting blooms and little-to-no maintenance and watering needs!  Be sure to check out all of the other great Buckwheats for a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes to add to your landscape.  Visit Tree of Life Nursery to learn more!  To see our California Buckwheat growing locally, check out the native slopes on Antonio Parkway between RSM and Las Flores, along the Oso Pkwy bridge and all around Tesoro High School!


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