Buckwheat

Eriogonum


ZONE HARDINESS
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
SPACE REQUIREMENTS
1" 50" 100"
HEIGHT REQUIREMENTS
1" 50" 100"
SUN REQUIREMENTS
1 50 100

There are many varieties of buckwheats, many are native to Idaho. Colors range from yellow to golden. The Coin Buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum) flowers dry on the plant turning a red/orange. Very attractive to many different pollinators, including native bees, honey bees, and butterflies as well as a larval host to butterflies. In winter the seeds provide food for quail and small mammals.

The buckwheats are varying sizes, from ground cover to 12 or more inches tall.

Some varieties prefer high elevations, most are tolerant of alkaline and dry soils. Drought tolerant.

This plant is listed as beneficial to pollinators in the book, “100 Treasure Valley Pollinator Plants”. https://gardentronic.com/blog/one-hundred-treasure-valley-pollinator-plants/

Sulphur Buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum) has a fire-resistance score of 7,

meaning it should be planted 40 feet or greater from your home. Idaho Firewise: http://idahofirewise.org/

https://gardentronic.com/blog/idaho-firewise-protect-your-home-wildfires/


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PLANT DETAILS


NAME
Buckwheat
TYPE
Perennial
HEIGHT
3" - 12"
SPACING
4" - 18"

ZONE HARDINESS
4-8

SUN REQUIREMENTS
full sun

ΒLOOM TIME
Summer
Late summer to Fall
Late Spring to Early Summer
Late Spring