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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Eriogonum fasciculatum Benth.
Eastern Mojave buckwheat, Eastern mojave wild buckwheat, California buckwheat
USDA Symbol: erfa2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
This low-spreading shrub grows to 3 ft. high and 6 ft. wide. The decumbent stems are branched and leafy; the leaves being small, narrow & leathery. Flat-topped clusters of whitish or pinkish, slightly fragrant flowers occur at the branch tips.
This shrub is a favorite of bees and butterflies.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Green Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
AZ , CA , NV , UT Native Distribution:
C. & s. CA to UT, s. to Baja & AZ Native Habitat:
Dry, rocky slopes & canyons USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Ssp. polifolium is the widest ranging of the many subspecies. Drought tolerant. Excellent sand dune binder and cliff hanger.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Valued honey plant.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Propagation by seed is possible. Seed Collection:
The three-sided achene
can be hand-stripped from the plant. Seed Treatment:
Seeds of this genus
generally germinate without pretreatment but in such a large genus,
a variety of germination responses can be expected. Commercially Avail:
Mr. Smarty Plants says
Groundcover for erosion control
September 23, 2008
I live in southern california. What is the best groundcover
to plant on a slope to prevent erosion?
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Record Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff