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Colorado Desert Wild Buckwheat
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About Colorado Desert Wild Buckwheat (Eriogonum deserticola) Eriogonum deserticola is a species of wild buckwheat known by the common name Colorado Desert buckwheat. The herbaceous perennial plant is native to the Sonoran Desert of the Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico, including near the Salton Sea in the Colorado Desert of California. It is a plant of the desert sand dunes. It anchors itself in the blowing, shifting sand with a spreading underground caudex which may be several meters long, becoming exposed and gnarled as the sand blows away. Eriogonum deserticola is an intricately branched shrub growing up to 1. 5 metres (4. 9 ft) tall and spreading to 3 metres (9. 8 ft) or more in width. It has thin, gray-green stems coated in woolly white fibers. There are small oval-shaped leaves along the stem branches, but they are sometimes scoured off by the sand-laden winds. The stem is lined sparsely with small inflorescences bearing a few hairy yellow flowers each under five millimeters wide. This shrub is a host to the parasitic plant known as sand food (Pholisma sonorae). It is also host to an endemic jewel beetle, Prasinalia imperialis.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Shrub, Perennial herb

Max. Height
2 - 4.9 ft (0.6 - 1.5 m)

Flower Color
Cream, Pink, White, Yellow

Native Status
Native

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
-215' - 479'

Annual Precip. ?
2.5" - 3.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.43" - 0.99"

Coldest Month ?
56.0° F - 61.1° F

Hottest Month ?
87.4° F - 89.2° F

Humidity ?
6.56 vpd - 39.65 vpd

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Colorado Desert 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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