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Eriogonum wrightii
About Bastardsage (Eriogonum wrightii) Nurseries Show All Photos Eriogonum wrightii is a species of wild buckwheat known by the common names bastardsage and Wright's buckwheat. It is native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, where it grows in many plant communities in rocky habitats from mountains to deserts. It is quite variable in appearance; it may be a small perennial herb 10 centimeters tall or a bushy shrub over a meter wide. There are several varieties as well. In general it has basal leaves as well as a few leaves along the stem, which are usually narrow and woolly. The flower cluster has long, straight branches which may be hairless to woolly and have flower clusters and sometimes small leaves at the nodes. The flowers are usually white to light pink.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial Herb, Shrub

Max. Height
0.33 - 3.3 ft (0.1 - 1 m)


Growth Rate


Flower Color
White, Cream, Pink

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Dry gravel or rocks


Elevation ?
49' - 11953'

Annual Precip. ?
3.7" - 77.7"

Summer Precip. ?
0.22" - 3.50"

Coldest Month ?
20.5° F - 61.1° F

Hottest Month ?
41.9° F - 88.0° F

Humidity ?
0.59 vpd - 41.73 vpd

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


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

Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Common uses
Bird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Sometimes Available

Other Names
Common Names
Shrubby Buckwheat, Wright'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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