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Wild Buckwheat (Eriogonum)
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8 most common species:
Eriogonum fasciculatum
California buckwheat
California buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum) is a flowering plant also known as the eastern Mojave buckwheat. California buckwheat is native to California in the United States and native to Mexico. It is cultivated as an ornamental plant and is also used to attract bees as pollinators. California buckwheat is used as the biggest source of honey in California.
Eriogonum saxatile
Hoary buckwheat
This wild buckwheat grows naturally on the mountain slopes of Nevada and California in the western United States. Hoary buckwheat is sometimes cultivated in rock gardens as a low-maintenance ornamental. It's a mat-forming plant with evergreen silvery-gray leaves and decorative flowers.
Eriogonum umbellatum
Sulphurflower Buckwheat
Sulphurflower Buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum) is a perennial plant that is tolerant of cold heat and drought conditions. Its gray foliage makes an interesting backdrop for showy yellow flowers that bloom in summer. An excellent ground cover especially for poor soil conditions it grows in full sun to partial shade.
Eriogonum heracleoides
Parsnipflower buckwheat
Parsnipflower buckwheat (Eriogonum heracleoides) is a perennial flowering plant that will grow to about 41 cm tall. It blooms in late spring to mid-summer with clusters of creamy white to pink flowers. It attracts birds, butterflies, bees and caterpillars. It thrives in full sun with extremely low moisture in well-drained sand or rocky soil.
Eriogonum latifolium
Seaside buckwheat
A charming evergreen perennial, seaside buckwheat, or Eriogonum latifolium, is a species of wild buckwheat native to the western coastal United States. Its pastel pink flowers bloom in late summer and early fall.
Eriogonum wrightii
Bastardsage
Bastardsage is a perennial that attracts birds, butterflies and other pollinators. It can grow in various habits, from a small herb to a large shrub, and blooms with white or pinkish flowers. This species is native to the southwestern United States and parts of Mexico, where it's found in rocky mountain and desert areas.
Eriogonum inflatum
Desert trumpet
Desert trumpet has a swollen part of its stem just below its branches, due to high concentrations of carbon dioxide. Some opportunistic insects use this part to store food. Native American tribes would cut the stalk of this plant at its base and cut the bulbous area in half, turning it into a pipe to smoke a pungent combination of mistletoe and tobacco.
Eriogonum giganteum
St. Catherine's lace
St. Catherine's lace (Eriogonum giganteum) is indigenous to the Channel Islands of California. Other names for it include giant buckwheat and lace buckwheat. It’ll look spectacular as a background plant. Grow it in full to partial sun. You’ll probably only have to water it monthly because it has minimal water needs.

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California buckwheat
Eriogonum fasciculatum
California buckwheat
California buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum) is a flowering plant also known as the eastern Mojave buckwheat. California buckwheat is native to California in the United States and native to Mexico. It is cultivated as an ornamental plant and is also used to attract bees as pollinators. California buckwheat is used as the biggest source of honey in California.
Hoary buckwheat
Eriogonum saxatile
Hoary buckwheat
This wild buckwheat grows naturally on the mountain slopes of Nevada and California in the western United States. Hoary buckwheat is sometimes cultivated in rock gardens as a low-maintenance ornamental. It's a mat-forming plant with evergreen silvery-gray leaves and decorative flowers.
Sulphurflower Buckwheat
Eriogonum umbellatum
Sulphurflower Buckwheat
Sulphurflower Buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum) is a perennial plant that is tolerant of cold heat and drought conditions. Its gray foliage makes an interesting backdrop for showy yellow flowers that bloom in summer. An excellent ground cover especially for poor soil conditions it grows in full sun to partial shade.
Parsnipflower buckwheat
Eriogonum heracleoides
Parsnipflower buckwheat
Parsnipflower buckwheat (Eriogonum heracleoides) is a perennial flowering plant that will grow to about 41 cm tall. It blooms in late spring to mid-summer with clusters of creamy white to pink flowers. It attracts birds, butterflies, bees and caterpillars. It thrives in full sun with extremely low moisture in well-drained sand or rocky soil.
Seaside buckwheat
Eriogonum latifolium
Seaside buckwheat
A charming evergreen perennial, seaside buckwheat, or Eriogonum latifolium, is a species of wild buckwheat native to the western coastal United States. Its pastel pink flowers bloom in late summer and early fall.
Bastardsage
Eriogonum wrightii
Bastardsage
Bastardsage is a perennial that attracts birds, butterflies and other pollinators. It can grow in various habits, from a small herb to a large shrub, and blooms with white or pinkish flowers. This species is native to the southwestern United States and parts of Mexico, where it's found in rocky mountain and desert areas.
Desert trumpet
Eriogonum inflatum
Desert trumpet
Desert trumpet has a swollen part of its stem just below its branches, due to high concentrations of carbon dioxide. Some opportunistic insects use this part to store food. Native American tribes would cut the stalk of this plant at its base and cut the bulbous area in half, turning it into a pipe to smoke a pungent combination of mistletoe and tobacco.
St. Catherine's lace
Eriogonum giganteum
St. Catherine's lace
St. Catherine's lace (Eriogonum giganteum) is indigenous to the Channel Islands of California. Other names for it include giant buckwheat and lace buckwheat. It’ll look spectacular as a background plant. Grow it in full to partial sun. You’ll probably only have to water it monthly because it has minimal water needs.
Naked buckwheat
Eriogonum nudum
Naked buckwheat
Naked buckwheat (Eriogonum nudum) gets its name because it has a stem that’s utterly void of leaves. Hence, it’s “naked.” It’s indigenous to the western part of the United States. Buckwheats are a favorite of insects that feed on nectar, such as butterflies and hummingbirds. This species is no exception.
Butterballs
Eriogonum ovalifolium
Butterballs
Eriogonum ovalifolium is a plant species that grows in various parts of North America. These plants are drought-tolerant and are considered to be essential plants for honey production by bees.
Coastal buckwheat
Eriogonum cinereum
Coastal buckwheat
Coastal buckwheat (Eriogonum cinereum) is a wild buckwheat also known as ashyleaf buckwheat. Coastal buckwheat is endemic to the California coastline. This species attracts the dotted blue butterfly.
James' buckwheat
Eriogonum jamesii
James' buckwheat
James' buckwheat (Eriogonum jamesii) is often confused with Baker's wild buckwheat. The latter grows in dry and hot areas while james' buckwheat prefers warm, wet habitats. The species is native to the southwestern United States and can tolerate a broad range of soil conditions, including loose sand and tough mountainside soil. Some native peoples grind the flowers into a powder for use in ceremonial rain dances.
Santa cruz island buckwheat
Eriogonum arborescens
Santa cruz island buckwheat
Santa cruz island buckwheat (Eriogonum arborescens) is a species of wild buckwheat with an endemic habitat limited primarily to the Channel Islands of California.
Conejo buckwheat
Eriogonum crocatum
Conejo buckwheat
Conejo buckwheat (Eriogonum crocatum) is a small shrub found primarily in California in the U.S. It's found on dry hillsides, often growing from rock crags. The fuzzy whitish color of its leaves makes conejo buckwheat stand out, and it is now occasionally seen in desert and xeriscape gardens. It can be difficult to cultivate outside its native region, though, and cannot tolerate freezing temperatures.
Little desert trumpet
Eriogonum trichopes
Little desert trumpet
Little desert trumpet (Eriogonum trichopes) is a species of wild buckwheat that can be found in arid deserts and growing on dry hillsides. Its yellow flowers bloom year-round, attracting pollinating insects, including many species of butterfly. Its leafless stem swells closer to the flower, and this was originally thought to be due to wasp larvae living inside it, but was later found to be a naturally occurring process.
Shasta buckwheat
Eriogonum pyrolifolium
Shasta buckwheat
The leaves of shasta buckwheat(Eriogonum pyrolifolium) resemble those of the wintergreens that are part of the genus Pyrola. This explains the plant's scientific name, pyrolifolium. This wildflower is native to North America, where it flowers in the summer and early fall. The woody perennial is said to have a sweaty sock smell, but is nonetheless sometimes planted ornamentally in gardens.
Spotted buckwheat
Eriogonum maculatum
Spotted buckwheat
The wild cousin of the buckwheat you can find in grocery stores, spotted buckwheat is an abundant and nonedible species of buckwheat native to North America. Thanks to the clusters of red-and-white striped flowers, when viewed from a distance, the plant appears spotted rather than striped — hence, the given name *Spotted buckwheat*. It grows extremely tiny, sometimes only reaching a height of 5 cm.
Slender woolly buckwheat
Eriogonum gracile
Slender woolly buckwheat
Slender woolly buckwheat is a charming plant known for its toughness and drought resilience, lending it a valued spot in rock and wildlife gardens. Its delicate clusters of tiny yellow flowers, that bloom from late spring to mid-summer, are a delightful feast for bees and butterflies. Though not its main allure, the slender stems and tiny leaves of slender woolly buckwheat lend it a distinct elegance.
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8 most common species:
Eriogonum fasciculatum
California buckwheat
California buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum) is a flowering plant also known as the eastern Mojave buckwheat. California buckwheat is native to California in the United States and native to Mexico. It is cultivated as an ornamental plant and is also used to attract bees as pollinators. California buckwheat is used as the biggest source of honey in California.
Eriogonum saxatile
Hoary buckwheat
This wild buckwheat grows naturally on the mountain slopes of Nevada and California in the western United States. Hoary buckwheat is sometimes cultivated in rock gardens as a low-maintenance ornamental. It's a mat-forming plant with evergreen silvery-gray leaves and decorative flowers.
Eriogonum umbellatum
Sulphurflower Buckwheat
Sulphurflower Buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum) is a perennial plant that is tolerant of cold heat and drought conditions. Its gray foliage makes an interesting backdrop for showy yellow flowers that bloom in summer. An excellent ground cover especially for poor soil conditions it grows in full sun to partial shade.
Eriogonum heracleoides
Parsnipflower buckwheat
Parsnipflower buckwheat (Eriogonum heracleoides) is a perennial flowering plant that will grow to about 41 cm tall. It blooms in late spring to mid-summer with clusters of creamy white to pink flowers. It attracts birds, butterflies, bees and caterpillars. It thrives in full sun with extremely low moisture in well-drained sand or rocky soil.
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Dracaena
Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
Ficus
Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
Rubus
Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
Acer
Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
Solanum
Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
Rosa
Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
Quercus
Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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