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Blue Mountain Buckwheat Back to Plant Page
Eriogonum strictum

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About Blue Mountain Buckwheat (Eriogonum strictum) Eriogonum strictum is a species of wild buckwheat known by the common name Blue Mountain buckwheat. It is a common plant of western North America from northern California to British Columbia where it is found along rocky slopes and scrubland. This is a perennial herb forming leaf mats up to 40 centimeters wide and producing erect flower clusters 10 to 35 centimeters tall. The woolly, oval-shaped leaves are one to four centimeters long. The slender flower cluster stalks are naked but usually woolly and produce flower clusters at the top. The flowers are yellow and darken to reddish or orange.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
0.33 - 2.2 ft (0.1 - 0.7 m)


Growth Rate

Flower Color
Yellow, Cream, Pink, White

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Rocky places

Part Shade

Elevation ?
1815' - 9884'

Annual Precip. ?
7.0" - 99.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.54" - 3.43"

Coldest Month ?
26.5° F - 45.5° F

Hottest Month ?
47.2° F - 69.0° F

Humidity ?
0.30 vpd - 21.84 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers sandy or loamy soils. Does not grow well in clay soils.

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never 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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