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Wright's Buckwheat

Eriogonum wrightii

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Shrub, perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low-moderate
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Bees, butterflies, flies, etc.
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
1.5-2' × 2'
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season July-October
Flower Color White/pink
Minimum Temperature Range 0 °F
Leaf Description Fascicles (clusters) of linear, whitish/grey foliage.
Fruit Small seeds inside rust colored seedheads.
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Elevation Range 3000-7000 ft.
Ethnobotany Seeds were pounded into a meal and drunk as a beverage, or even eaten dry; the plant also used as an emetic to cause vomiting.
Description A more widespread and cold tolerant relative of flattop buckwheat (E. fasciculatum). This species is also smaller, and less woody, with greyish/white clusters of small leaves. Plants tend to bloom late summer-fall and attract a very large diversity of pollinators. In the early summer, the plants can look wiry and sparse, so blending with spring/summer flowering plants is advisable. As the early bloomers go to seed, Wright's buckwheat will shoot up its banner-like flower stalks covered in small white/pink blooms. This plant thrives on sandy flats, slopes, and wash margins. If you are planting in heavier soils, it is advisable to amend the planting area, or work them into mound or rock gardens. The wide distribution of this species suggests it as a candidate for planting throughout the state, but it will work particularly well in cool mid-high elevation gardens.