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Tall Buckwheat
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Eriogonum elatum

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About Tall Buckwheat (Eriogonum elatum) Eriogonum elatum is a species of wild buckwheat known by the common name tall woolly buckwheat. It is native to the western United States from California to Idaho. This is a perennial herb varying in size from one half to 1.5 meters in height. Its long leaves are located at the base of the plant and can be quite long for a buckwheat, over 20 centimeters in maximum length. The erect, branching stems are thin and naked and occasionally hollow. The plant produces small to large flower clusters with clusters of tiny flowers in shades of white to dark pink.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
1.6 - 5 ft (0.49 - 1.5 m)


Growth Rate

Flower Color
White, Cream, Pink

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Sandy or gravel places

Part Shade

Elevation ?
1705' - 9152'

Annual Precip. ?
9.1" - 99.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.76" - 3.63"

Coldest Month ?
26.1° F - 41.9° F

Hottest Month ?
47.1° F - 67.2° F

Humidity ?
0.74 vpd - 20.78 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers sandy or loamy soils. Does not grow well in clay soils.


Landscaping Information
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Tall Woolly 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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