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White Mountain Buckwheat Back to Plant Page
Eriogonum gracilipes

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About White Mountain Buckwheat (Eriogonum gracilipes) Eriogonum gracilipes is a species of wild buckwheat known by the common name White Mountains buckwheat. It is found in granite and sandstone gravels on the slopes of the southern Sierra Nevada and Inyo Mountains of California and the White Mountains of California and Nevada. This small perennial herb grows in flat mats up to 20 centimeters wide. Its leaves, each under two centimeters long, have a coat of dense white hairs and grow in packed clusters on the ground. The plant blooms in stalks holding rounded clusters of bright raspberry red flowers, each only a few millimeters wide.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
0.8 - 3.6 in (2 - 9.1 cm)

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Dry granite


Elevation ?
7676' - 13830'

Annual Precip. ?
12.0" - 45.6"

Summer Precip. ?
1.52" - 3.10"

Coldest Month ?
18.6° F - 32.3° F

Hottest Month ?
37.2° F - 56.6° F

Humidity ?
1.79 vpd - 14.03 vpd

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
White Mountains 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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