Sulphur Buckwheat

4 Mar

Sulphur Buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum), 6 to 18 inch high and 1 to 3 feet across. Brilliant sulphur-yellow flowers occur spring to summer. Best in part sun with some summer water.

Butterflies love this fabulously low-water native.  Soft mounds of spoon-shaped, silvery green leaves give way to masses of sulpher yellow flowers in late Spring through Summer. Once spent, flowers fade to red or orange for continued interest. This species grows throughout the West, and can be pretty variable in height, flower and leaf. Super easy to grow, and needs no supplemental water after the first year. Because of it’s low, mat forming habit, this valueable habitat plant also makes a great groundcover for tough spots and dry slopes when massed. Thrives in nutrient poor soils!

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