Eriogonum inflatum Torr. & Frém.
Desert trumpet, Indian pipeweed
Polygonaceae (Buckwheat Family)
USDA Symbol: ERIN4
This 1-2 ft. species is often considered a desert annual, but the root may tap deeply enough to carry it over for a few seasons. A spindly plant with 1 or few leafless, erect stems swollen just below branches. Spoon-shaped leaves lie flat against the ground and send up forked and reforked branches, the main branches conspicuously inflated. From branch tips are borne small, graceful clusters of yellow-green, tubular flowers.
This is a common desert plant, conspicuous because of the stark, swollen, gray-green stems, which have a pleasant sour taste. Dried stems were used by Native Americans as tobacco pipes, hence one of its common names.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , CO , NM , NV , UT
Native Distribution: W. CO & AZ to deserts of s. CA & Baja; reported on desert hills of WY
Native Habitat: Deserts washes & mesas below 6000 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Drought tolerant.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Propagate by seed.
Seed Collection: The three-sided achene can be hand-stripped from the plant.
Seed Treatment: Seeds of this genus generally germinate without pretreatment but in such a large genus, a variety of germination responses can be expected.
Commercially Avail: yes
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Eriogonum inflatum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Eriogonum inflatum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Eriogonum inflatum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2015-11-25
Research By: TWC Staff