Plant family: Polygonaceae - Buckwheat
Plant type: Groundcover, Shrub
Plant origin: N/A, California
Coastal Sage Scrub, Coastal Strand
Clay, Decomposed Granite, Alkaline
Salt Tolerant, Tolerant of Clay Soil
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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