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Eriogonum luteolum
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Golden Buckwheat
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Eriogonum luteolum

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About Golden Buckwheat (Eriogonum luteolum) Eriogonum luteolum is a species of wild buckwheat known by the common name goldencarpet buckwheat. It is native to many of the mountain ranges of California and southern Oregon, including the Sierra Nevada, Cascades and California Coast Ranges. It grows in mountain and foothill habitat, such as forest and woodland, on granite and sometimes serpentine soils. This is an annual herb varying in size and form from erect to 60 centimeters tall to prostrate and spreading in a mat. The woolly leaves are rounded and petioled and are mostly located around the base of the plant, but sometimes appear higher on the stem. The branches of the flowering stem bear many small clusters of white to bright pink or yellow flowers, each just a few millimeters long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

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

Flower Color
Cream, Pink, White, Yellow

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Open places


Elevation ?
7' - 6893'

Annual Precip. ?
9.8" - 81.7"

Summer Precip. ?
0.19" - 2.96"

Coldest Month ?
29.6° F - 50.9° F

Hottest Month ?
53.4° F - 75.5° F

Humidity ?
0.09 vpd - 24.95 vpd

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Goldencarpet 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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