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Slender Woolly Buckwheat
Eriogonum gracile
  
About Slender Woolly Buckwheat (Eriogonum gracile) 3 Nurseries Carry This Plant A member of the plant family Polygonaceae, Eriogonum gracile is an annual species of wild buckwheat native to California and to parts of northwestern Baja California. There are two named varieties, E. gracile var. gracile which is more widespread in California and has a hairier (or woollier) appearance than E. gracile var. incultum which is limited to Southern California and Baja. This small, drought tolerant annual grows in many types of habitats; in sandy as well as clay soils; and in a variety of shapes, from erect to prostrate. Showy, slender, multiply branching, stems rise above the low rosettes of gray-green, smooth to hairy (or woolly), spoon-shaped leaves. The stems are lined with small clusters of flowers in shades of white and pink or yellow during the summer months or even longer. This plant, currently available through seed companies, is a good prospect for habitat restoration and for clustering among other annuals in a wild garden.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

Size
Size
1 - 2 ft tall
0.3 - 0.7 ft wide

Dormancy
Dormancy
Winter Semi-Deciduous

Flower Color
Flower Color
Cream, Pink, White, Yellow, Brown

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring, Summer, Fall

Wildlife Supported
 
Native bees; Predatory or parasitoid insects; Butterflies: Mormon Metalmark, Bramble Hairstreak Butterfly, Comstock's Hairstreak, Bernardino Dotted-Blue, Small Dotted-Blue, Acmon Blue, Lupine Blue

 
Butterflies & moths hosted ( 1 confirmed , 46 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Extremely Low, Very Low

Nurseries
Nurseries

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast

Soil Description
Soil Description
Soil PH: 5.2 - 8.2

Common uses
Common uses
Bird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Dry, sandy places, variable

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 5.8" - 71.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.15" - 2.66", Coldest Month: 30.8" - 56.7", Hottest Month: 55.0" - 84.2", Humidity: 0.41" - 35.58", Elevation: 7" - 9984"


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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