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Little Deserttrumpet
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Eriogonum trichopes

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About Little Deserttrumpet (Eriogonum trichopes) Eriogonum trichopes is a species of wild buckwheat known by the common name little desert trumpet. It is native to the mountain slopes and deserts of the southwestern United States from California to New Mexico, and its range extends into Mexico. This is an annual herb quite variable in height, growing to a spindly 10 centimeters or a sprawling, brambly 1.5 meters. Its leaves form a basal patch on the ground, each rounded with ruffled margins and covered in woolly or stiff hairs. The erect flower cluster is naked and sometimes hairy, with many slender branches that flower year-round. Flower clusters hang on short, thready stalks. Each minuscule flower is hairy or hairy and is bright yellow when new, darkening over time to a reddish color.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
0.33 - 6 ft (0.1 - 1.8 m)

Flower Color
Cream, Pink, White

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Open clay, sand and gravel places


Elevation ?
-271' - 7939'

Annual Precip. ?
1.9" - 40.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.21" - 2.58"

Coldest Month ?
32.6° F - 62.6° F

Hottest Month ?
58.3° F - 90.4° F

Humidity ?
1.24 vpd - 48.25 vpd

Fast, Medium, Slow

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Little Desert Trumpet

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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