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Eastern Mojave Buckwheat
Eriogonum fasciculatum var. foliolosum
  
About Eastern Mojave Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum var. foliolosum) 13 Nurseries Carry This Plant Leafy California Buckwheat, (Eriogonum fasciculatum var. foliolosum), is one of the four recognized varieties of this widespread species, and the one most often seen in populated areas of southern California. However, it is fairly common throughout central and southern California along the coast and on western side of the peninsular range, where it grows on dry slopes, washes and canyons, at elevations from sea level to 5,200 feet.

This plant is tough and easy to grow, even in very dry conditions. Plant in a well draining sunny site. It shouldn't need supplemental water after established, but it will tolerate occasional summer water better than most extremely drought tolerant California natives. Form is is variable, ranging from more often open and upright in the foothills, to often dense and mounding closer to the coast. As the plant ages, it often develops a beautiful ropy red, brown and gray ropy woody trunk and interesting twisting structure. Produces profuse pink to white and cream-colored flowers as early as March that dry to a pretty red rust color as the soil dries. It sheds its dried flowers and significant portion of its small blade-like leaves each dry season, and is an important plant for creating natural mulch. California Buckwheats are a keystone species for sagebrush scrub ecosystems, and a great choice for wildlife and butterfly gardens.

For further detail please refer to the listing for the main species, Eriogonum fasciculatum.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
3 - 5 ft tall
3 - 5 ft wide

Form
Form
Mounding, Rounded, Upright

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Fast

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen, Summer Deciduous, Summer Semi-Deciduous

Fragrance
Fragrance
Fragrant - Pleasant

Flower Color
Flower Color
Cream, Pink, White, Red

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Summer

Wildlife Supported
 
Many bird species, native bees, butterflies and other pollinators

 
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Landscaping Information
Moisture
Moisture
Extremely Low, Very Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Very Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 15° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast, Medium, Slow

Soil Description
Soil Description
Adaptable. Soil PH: 5 - 8

Common uses
Common uses
Groundcovers, Bank Stabilization, Deer Resistant, Bird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Companion Plants
Companion Plants

Maintenance
Maintenance
Few pests. Can handle hard pruning. If desired, prune back dead branches at the beginning of the dry season. This plant will often go completely summer deciduous if drought stressed, so avoid cutting back branches that appear dead during the summer. They'll often spring back to life with the start of the rains.

Propagation
Propagation?
Reseeds fairly easily when sited properly. For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
5, 7*, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Dry slopes, often south facing as a common component of Coastal Sage Scrub. Inland it may be found in Valley Grassland.

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 4.0" - 50.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 2.20", Coldest Month: 34.9" - 60.0", Hottest Month: 60.5" - 87.5", Humidity: 0.43" - 40.54", Elevation: 2" - 7232"

Alternative Names
Common Names: California 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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