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Parsnipflower Buckwheat
Eriogonum heracleoides

About Parsnipflower Buckwheat (Eriogonum heracleoides) Eriogonum heracleoides (common names Parsnipflower buckwheat, Whorled buckwheat, and Wyeth buckwheat) has many flowering clusters that are cream or off-white in color. Its usual habitat is rocky areas such as sagebrush deserts and Ponderosa pine forests. Parsnipflower Buckwheat is in the genus Eriogonum and the family Polygonaceae which is a family of plants known as the "knotweed family". The Parsnipflower is a perennial flowering plant with flowers measuring 4-9 millimeter. They inhabit much of the western part of the United States. The Parsnipflower is a perennial flowering plant with flowers measuring 4-9 millimeter. Petiole leaves in loose rosettes, covered with soft hairs measuring 0.5-3 centimeter. Hairs feel woolly and matted and cover both sides of the leaf.) The flowers have one carpel (achenes). Parsnipflower Buckwheat have a whorled arrangement of leaves at midpoint of the stem.Blooms in early to mid summer. Attracts butterflies, bees, insects, and birds and is the host plant for several Palouse butterflies. )
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
1.3 ft (0.4 m)

Flower Color
Cream, Pink, White

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Sand or gravel slopes


Elevation ?
2228' - 9794'

Annual Precip. ?
12.4" - 62.5"

Summer Precip. ?
1.06" - 2.52"

Coldest Month ?
25.5° F - 41.1° F

Hottest Month ?
46.3° F - 68.7° F

Humidity ?
1.01 vpd - 20.32 vpd


Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low, Very Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Common uses
Bird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
Whorled Buckwheat, Wyeth 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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