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Kennedy's Buckwheat
Eriogonum kennedyi

About Kennedy's Buckwheat (Eriogonum kennedyi) Eriogonum kennedyi is a species of wild buckwheat known by the common name Kennedy's buckwheat. It is endemic to California, where it can be found in the Transverse Ranges, the Sierra Nevada foothills, and in the case of one variety, the high Sierra Nevada and far western Great Basin. It grows in dry habitat in sand or gravel. This is a perennial herb forming a small cushiony mat covered in oval leaves up to about centimeter long. The greenish leaves are coated in woolly fibers in shades of brown to pink or white. The flower cluster arises on an erect scape, or stem, bearing a head of small flowers which are white to pink with a darker midrib.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
1.9 - 6 in (4.8 - 15.2 cm)

Flower Color
Cream, Pink, White, Brown

Flowering Season
Summer, Fall

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Dry gravel


Elevation ?
2190' - 11600'

Annual Precip. ?
5.8" - 52.8"

Summer Precip. ?
0.29" - 2.96"

Coldest Month ?
24.7° F - 49.9° F

Hottest Month ?
43.9° F - 77.6° F

Humidity ?
1.19 vpd - 26.64 vpd


Landscaping Information
Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Common uses
Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Sometimes Available

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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