Eriogonum grande var. rubescens

Red Buckwheat

Plant family: Polygonaceae - Buckwheat


Plant type: Groundcover, Shrub

Plant origin: N/A, California

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Flower Color Light Pink, Pink, Pink to Deep Red
Blooming Season Fall, Summer
Height 1-2 feet, 2-3 feet
Spread 1-5 feet, 5-10 feet
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Coastal Sage Scrub, Coastal Strand

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Clay, Decomposed Granite, Alkaline

Special Characteristic

Salt Tolerant, Tolerant of Clay Soil

Plant Highlights

Red Buckwheat is native to the Channel Islands and has red flowers that bloom throughout the summer. This attractive buckwheat is compact and mounding with small leaves and brings welcome color to the landscape in the summer and fall. We grow ours from a very nice pure seed that produces the truly red flowers and a nice compact form. Some Red Buckwheat found in the trade are from hybridized seed that produces a paler colored flower and a more straggly form when mature. Red Buckwheat is versatile and is useful on slopes, in borders, in rock gardens or as an understory plant to larger native perennials. Red Buckwheat is very attractive to butterflies so be sure to include it in a butterfly garden. Cut back the dead flowers to encourage more blooms and prune back one third after flowering season to encourage healthy growth the next spring.

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My first attempt this year favored by gopher. #2 planted in wire basket. Use pieces of plant as bait in gopher traps. :-( Sorry gophers.

Posed by: Barbara Korb, on Mar 6 2020 9:35AM

Growing well in inland East County San Diego on drip irrigation. Hot, dry, and windy here.

Posed by: Jonathan Fleming, on Jul 12 2019 2:36PM

Beautiful plant!!

Posed by: Alex Yapjoco, on Jun 24 2017 4:26PM