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Eriogonum cernuum
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Nodding Wild Buckwheat
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Eriogonum cernuum

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About Nodding Wild Buckwheat (Eriogonum cernuum) Eriogonum cernuum is a species of wild buckwheat known by the common name nodding buckwheat. It is native to much of western North America, where it grows in sandy and gravelly habitat, including woodland and sagebrush. It is an annual herb growing up to about 60 centimeters in maximum height with a thin, branching flowering stem. The rounded, woolly leaves are one or two centimeters wide and are mainly located about the base of the stem. The inflorescence is evenly lined with hanging involucres of flowers. The individual flowers are less than 2 millimeters wide and white to pink-tinged in color.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
0.16 - 2 ft (0.05 - 0.6 m)

Flower Color
Cream, Pink, White

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
1696' - 10524'

Annual Precip. ?
5.7" - 75.2"

Summer Precip. ?
0.57" - 2.57"

Coldest Month ?
22.6° F - 48.1° F

Hottest Month ?
44.2° F - 77.0° F

Humidity ?
1.90 vpd - 28.09 vpd

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Nodding Buckwheat

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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