California Buckwheat

Eriogonum fasciculatum

California Buckwheat

Eriogonum fasciculatum

Eriogonum is a keystone species for sagebrush scrub ecosystems and an excellent choice for wildlife and butterfly gardens. Once established, it is highly drought tolerant.

California Buckwheat flowers in early spring, and its blossoms are similar to the blossoms of Baby's Breath used in floral arrangements. These white buds gradually turn russet-colored by fall. The Buckwheat flowers seem to last forever and commonly stay on until the following spring. It requires less care and watering than any other native plant.

This hardy native attracts many pollinating insects, solitary bees, flies, predatory bees, hairstreaks, and small butterflies. It becomes popular with small birds and quail for its seeds in the fall.

Planting Buckwheat makes an excellent addition in drought-tolerant and rock gardens and is stunning near stone and brickwork. It has a wild and unique texture for most of the year.

California Buckwheat
Jason Hollinger, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Native Plant

Plant Category   Shrub
Flowering Time   Spring, summer, fall
Fruiting Time   
Planting Time   Late fall, early winter
Where to Plant   Dry slopes
Soil and Light   Loamy soils, full sun
Companion Plants   Brittlebrush, Sagebrush, Manzanita, Yucca, Cactus
Wildlife   Birds, butterflies (Acmon Blue, Mormon Metalmark, Square-spotted Blue, Bramble Hairstreak, Lupine Blue,Bernardino Blue), moths, insects small animals