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Eriogonum ovalifolium (Cushion buckwheat)
Glase, Terry

Eriogonum ovalifolium

Eriogonum ovalifolium Nutt.

Cushion buckwheat

Polygonaceae (Buckwheat Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

A matted plant, often grayish-haired, with basal leaves and round heads of tiny, reddish or purplish to cream flowers on long, erect, leafless stems.

There is much variation, as is to be expected in a widespread species such as this, occurring over a broad elevational range. Alpine plants are generally dwarf; plants growing in sagebrush are usually taller. Flowers vary from cream to yellow when young; as they age, they may become reddish or purple.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB
Native Distribution: British Columbia south to northern California and east to Rocky Mountains from New Mexico to Alberta.
Native Habitat: In open areas from sagebrush plains to open coniferous woodlands, alpine ridges, and rocky mountain slopes.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

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From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Eriogonum ovalifolium in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Eriogonum ovalifolium in the Flora of North America (if available)
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Record Modified: 2013-06-21
Research By: TWC Staff

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