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Plant Guide

Eriogonum grande rubescens

Common Name
Red Buckwheat
CA Native
California Native
Plant Type
Perennial
Size
1' - 2' x 1' - 2'
Flower Color
Pink to Red
Bloom Time
  • Spring
  • Summer
Leaves
Grayish-Green Small Leaves
Evergreen
Evergreen
Deer Resistant
Occasionally Damaged
Wildlife Value
  • Attracts Beneficial Insects
  • Butterfly & Other Insect Nectar
  • Seed and Fruit for Birds
Growth Rate
Moderate
Hardiness
Hardy
Adverse Growth Factors
None
Special Features
  • Low Maintenance
Water Use
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Low
Soil pH
6.5-7.5 (neutral)
Exposure
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
  • Shade
Soil Type
Not Particular
Drainage
Well Drained
Description and Cultural Plant Tips

This is one of the showiest of the smaller perennial buckwheats. The color of this long-blooming plant ranges fromlight pink to dark pink.Good companion plants for Eriogonum are Achillea 'Moonbeam', Agastache 'Apricot Sunset', Nepeta varietals  and daylilies.

This plant prefers clay soil but will tolerate seaside conditions and alkaline soil. Plant slightly higher than soil grade in full sun along coast and part shade in hot inland areas.

This is a great plant for a butterfly garden. Small butterflies such as Acmon Blue, and the Large White Skipper, especially like it. It is also an important food source for a range of beneficial insects.

No known disease or pest problems.

Master Gardener Comments

I have this plant in my butterfly garden and it always has a butterfly or two on it, especially the smaller ones. I have mine planted in morning sun with light shade in the afternoon.

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