call in the calvary with desert buckwheat

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desert buckwheat
Eriogonum fasciculatum var. polifolium
polygonaceae

  • moderate water (terrace zone)

  • FULL SUN

  • HARDY TO 15º F

  • TO ABOUT 3' TALL AND WIDE

  • whitish-pink flowers in warm season

  • LARVAL HOST TO MANY BUTTERFLIES

  • loved by nectar loving insects like bees, butterflies, hummingbirds

  • attract many species of predatory and parasitoid insects that prey upon many pest species

Desert buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum var. polifolium) is an ideal plant for a wildlife garden--it attracts many nectar-loving insects including butterflies, many native bees, and apparently it attracts many species of predatory and parasitoid insects that prey upon many pest species. If you have a vegetable/herb garden, you should probably have a few of these nearby. It is also a larval food plant for many butterflies and moths. 

Desert buckwheat is a low growing subshrub, each mound growing to about a foot and a half tall, and spreading a few feet or more wide. Plants bloom with nectar-rich whitish-pink blooms from spring to fall. The seeds are also of value to seed-eating birds and small mammals. 

Plants need very little care, as they make perfect rounded mounds. They are hardy to about 15º F, take full sun, and moderate water. 

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Katherine Gierlach