Eriogonum grande var. rubescens
Eriogonum grande var. rubescens
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Eriogonum grande var. rubescens

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Red Flowered Buckwheat

Red Buckwheat is a rare native perennial herb that grows up to two feet tall and three feet wide.  It is a mat-forming plant producing tall, stout flower clusters of white, pink or red flowers.  The flowers are held in ball-like clusters at the top, and blooms in the summer.  The leaves are located mainly at the base of the plant and are wavy along the edges, and up to four inches long; the upper side is dark green, the underside is very pale.  Although it spreads, it doesn't spread fast and retains a petite form. It is endemic to three of the northern Channel Islands (San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz).  It is useful in rock gardens, spilling over a wall, or in the understory of larger plants. 

Plant in full sun 

- Great companion plant under evergreen oaks

- Attracts butterflies, birds, bees

-Native to California