Wild Buckwheat
Eriogonum fasciculatum

Also commonly known as California Buckwheat, Wild Buckwheat is one of the most important sources of native honey in the state of California as it is a good source of nectar over many months in dryer areas. This shrub also has an interesting historical significance for Native American uses. Wild Buckwheat was a widely used medicinal plant by Native Americans to treat a variety of ailments such as headache, diarrhea, and wounds.

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Type: Shrubs
Hardiness: 5˚F
Water: Low
Sun Exposure: Full
Growth Rate: Fast
Average Size: 2’ H × 3’ W
Coverage: 7 square feet
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Foliage Color: Green
Flower Color: White flowers come on in late spring, gradually turn pink in summer, then rust colored in fall
Flower Season: April to September with the rust colored flowers usually staying on until late Spring
Fruit: Inconspicuous
Thorns: No
Allergies: Unknown
Attracts native bees and introduced honey bees. Also known to attract the following butterfly species: the Bernardino dotted-blue (Euphilotes bernardino), lupine blue (Plebejus lupini), Mormon metalmark (Apodemia mormo), and Behr's metalmark (Apodemia virgulti). Probably the butterfly most commonly seen with the species is the nut-brown hairstreak (Satyrium saepium), which frequents plants in full flower.