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Parry's Wild Buckwheat
Eriogonum brachypodum

About Parry's Wild Buckwheat (Eriogonum brachypodum) Eriogonum brachypodum is a species of wild buckwheat known by the common name Parry's buckwheat. This annual herb is native to the southwestern United States from California to Utah, especially the Mojave Desert, where it grows in sandy and gravelly substrates. It has a skeletonlike spindly stem which branches many times, reaching anywhere from 5 to 50 centimeters in height and up to a meter in width. There is an array of rounded, dark-colored leaves around the base, each a few centimeters long and fuzzy on the undersides. Most of the plant is actually the spreading inflorescence. At intervals on the otherwise naked branches hang tiny clusters of glandular flowers a few millimeters wide in involucres of bell-shaped bracts. Each flower is less than three millimeters wide.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
0.16 - 1.6 ft (0.05 - 0.49 m)

Flower Color
Cream, Pink, White

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
1586' - 10328'

Annual Precip. ?
3.3" - 19.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.50" - 4.59"

Coldest Month ?
30.5° F - 55.7° F

Hottest Month ?
54.9° F - 83.2° F

Humidity ?
2.72 vpd - 37.00 vpd

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Parry's 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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