call in the calvary with desert buckwheat
Eriogonum fasciculatum var. polifolium
moderate water (terrace zone)
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.