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Eriogonum parishii

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About Parish's Buckwheat (Eriogonum parishii) Eriogonum parishii is a species of wild buckwheat known by the common name mountainmist. It is found mainly in southern California, where it grows in many of the mountain ranges from desert to coast, and it is also known from Baja California and Arizona. It grows in various types of mountain slope habitat, such as sagebrush and chaparral, generally on granite sands. This is an annual herb producing clumps of spreading hairless green stems which are intricately branched. The hairy oval leaves are located around the base of the stems and are 2 to 6 centimeters long. The flower cluster is a spreading array of clusters of tiny pink to reddish flowers with darker red midribs. Each individual flower is generally under a millimeter wide and fuzzy in texture.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
0.33 - 1.6 ft (0.1 - 0.49 m)

Flower Color
Cream, Pink, White, Red

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Granite sand

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
756' - 9465'

Annual Precip. ?
5.9" - 43.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.33" - 2.91"

Coldest Month ?
26.1° F - 51.8° F

Hottest Month ?
49.6° F - 83.5° F

Humidity ?
1.09 vpd - 33.63 vpd


Landscaping Information
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names

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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