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Eriogonum umbellatum * Sulphur Buckwheat

Eriogonum umbellatum is a low spreading shrub. The color of the leaves varies from green to silver, regardless of variety the leaves contrast excellently with the sulfur yellow blooms and later with the cinnamon brown of the fading seed heads. Eriogonum umbellatum will grow to a foot or so tall and up to two feet wide. Sulphur Buckwheat plants will tolerate heavy soils if there is a slope and if there is a drying period between watering cycles. Eriogonum umbellatum is native to much of the mountainous Western United States, this species can be found up to 12,000 feet elevation. Eriogonum umbellatum is a great addition to the butterfly garden where it is a nectar source for the Acmon Blue, Mormon Metalmark, Gray Hairstreak, the Common Buckeye, the Umber Skipper Butterfly, Northern White Skipper, Great Purple Hairstreak, Mountain Mahogany Hairstreak, Hedgerow Hairstreak, and the Mournful Duskywing. Plants are hardy below temperatures likely to be found in California. Eriogonum umbellatum is a host plant for the Western Tussock Moth Caterpillar.

Eriogonum umbellatum, Sulphur Buckwheat

Yellow flowers of Eriogonum umbellatum - Sulphur Buckwheat. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Buckwheats in the Eriogonum genus featured on this site:
Eriogonum arborescens * Santa Cruz Island Buckwheat
Eriogonum cinereum * Ashyleaf Buckwheat, Coastal Buckweat
Eriogonum crocatum * Conejo Buckwheat, Saffron Buckweat
Eriogonum fasciculatum * California Buckwheat
Eriogonum fasciculatum Warriner Lytle * Warriner Lytle California Buckwheat
Eriogonum giganteum * Saint Catherine's Lace
Eriogonum grande rubescens * Red Buckwheat, Pink Buckwheat
Eriogonum incanum * Frosted Buckwheat
Eriogonum latifolium * Seaside Buckwheat, Coast Buckwheat
Eriogonum parviflorum * Sea Cliff Buckwheat, Coastal Buckwheat
Eriogonum umbellatum * Sulphur Buckwheat
Eriogonum wrightii * Bastardsage, Wright's Buckwheat