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Interior California Buckwheat
Eriogonum fasciculatum var. polifolium
  
About Interior California Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum var. polifolium) 7 Nurseries Carry This Plant California Buckwheat has several recognized varieties that are found in different ecoregions. This variety (var. polifolium) is a smaller and grayer buckwheat, commonly found in the Sonora and Mojave deserts, although its ranges covers the southern California foothills as well. It grows in southern and central California, as well as outside of the state, on dry slopes and washes and canyons, at elevations from 200-7500 feet. It is both more heat tolerant and more cold tolerant.

This is a great plant for natural landscapes especially in the foothills and deserts in its wide natural range. The gray foliage of Interior Buckwheat is striking mixed in with green of Coastal California Buckwheat,and is great plant for attracting birds, pollinators and other wildlife. Plant in full sun in a well draining site, and avoid direct summer water once established. Very tough and easy to grow, but tends to grow more slowly than the coastal variety.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
2 - 3 ft tall
3 - 4 ft wide

Form
Form
Rounded

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Moderate, Slow

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen, Summer Semi-Deciduous

Fragrance
Fragrance
None

Flower Color
Flower Color
Cream, Pink, White

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Summer

Wildlife Supported
 
All of the Buckwheats are important wildlife plants, supporting many pollinators, birds and small mammals.

 
Butterflies & moths hosted ( 48 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Extremely Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Very Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to -20° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast

Soil Description
Soil Description
Prefers coarse, well-drained soil such as decomposed granite. Soil PH: 7.0 - 8.0

Common uses
Common uses
Groundcovers, Bank Stabilization, Bird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Coastal California Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum var fasciculatum) Chamise (Adenostema fasciculatum), California Copperleaf (Aclypha californica), Chaparral Mallow (Malacothamnus fasciculatus), Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa), Sugarbush (Rhus ovata), Desert Agave (Agave deserti), Mojave Yucca (Yucca shidigera), Creosote (Larrea tridentata), Big Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata), and cactus species

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
7*, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Dry slopes, washes and canyons in desert transition, high desert and sheltered locations in low desert

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 3.3" - 49.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 3.86", Coldest Month: 23.5" - 61.4", Hottest Month: 43.2" - 88.8", Humidity: 0.95" - 42.79", Elevation: 33" - 11630"

Alternative Names
Common Names: California Buckwhest, Eastern Mojave 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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