Eriogonum compositum (Arrowleaf Buckwheat)


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Plant Description: Small shrubby perennial with a branching crown that stays low to the ground, mat forming. The dark green arrow shaped leaves are formed at the base of the plant with thin hairs on the upper surface and white with dense hairs beneath. Flower stems have a large, flat topped, tight cluster of small white to yellow flowers. From a distance they appear fluffy and light to the touch.  

  • Height: 1-2ft 
  • Width: 1ft 
  • Watering needs: Low water
  • Sun needs: Full sun
  • Soil needs: Sandy, gravely, well-draining soil
  • Bloom Time: Late spring to early summer

Landscape Use and Ecological Function: This native plant is found primarily east of the Cascades on dry rocky ridges at elevations lower than 8200 ft (2500 m). Recommended for use in a meadow scape environment. 

Eriogonum compositum is a very important butterfly plant. It attracts pollinators and the flowers, leaves and seeds are all used by smaller animals.

*Photo by SevenOaks Nursery*

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