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Plant Spotlight: California Buckwheat

California Buckwheat with Russian sage in background
California buckwheat with Russian sage in the background. Photo by Stacy Doolittle
An outstanding small shrub for Morongo Basin landscapes is California Buckwheat, a native which is likely to volunteer in your yard. Long-lived creamy white flowers eventually turn into attractive rust-colored seed heads. It is attractive all year long. 
Eriogonum Fasciculatum var. polifolium is the grey-leafed variety we see in the desert, and according to Calscape is sometimes available in nurseries. (See our native plant nurseries for potential sources.) It is also easily grown from seed. 
native buckwheat
Buckwheat at Mojave Desert Land Trust demonstration garden. Photo by Stacy Doolittle.
Virtually pest-free and able to withstand long period of times without water, buckwheat is used for slope stabilization and as low hedges. 

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