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Eriogonum grande rubescens * Red Buckwheat or Pink Buckwheat

I use Eriogonum grande rubescens in full sun or dry dappled shade. Red Buckwheat is sensitive to excess water but will spread quite well if given benign neglect. The round gray-green leaves set off the clusters of pink to red flowers very well. Eriogonum grande rebescens grows to about 18" tall and 3' across. Hairsteaks and other butterfly's will find this buckwheat to be an excellent nectar source. Eriogonum grande rubescens is native to the Channel Islands. Eriogonum grande rubescens is a great addition to the butterfly garden where it is a nectar source for the Acmon Blue, Gray Hairstreak, the Common Buckeye, Umber Skipper Butterfly, Northern White Skipper, Great Purple Hairstreak, Hedgerow Hairstreak, Mountain Mahogany Hairstreak, California Common Ringlet, Mormon Metalmark, and the Mournful Duskywing. Eriogonum grande rubescens is a host plant for the Western Tussock Moth Caterpillar.

Eriogonum grande rubescens, Red Buckwheat

Red flowers of Eriogonum grande rubescens Red Buckwheat or Pink 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