Eriogonum fasciculatum Benth.
Eastern Mojave buckwheat, Eastern mojave wild buckwheat, California buckwheat
Polygonaceae (Buckwheat Family)
USDA Symbol: erfa2
This low-spreading shrub grows to 3 ft. high and 6 ft. wide. The decumbent stems are branched and leafy; the leaves being small, narrow & leathery. Flat-topped clusters of whitish or pinkish, slightly fragrant flowers occur at the branch tips.
This shrub is a favorite of bees and butterflies.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , NV , UT
Native Distribution: C. & s. CA to UT, s. to Baja & AZ
Native Habitat: Dry, rocky slopes & canyons
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Ssp. polifolium is the widest ranging of the many subspecies. Drought tolerant. Excellent sand dune binder and cliff hanger.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Valued honey plant.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
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.
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)Eriogonum fasciculatum is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
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PropagationDescription: Propagation by seed is possible.
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
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Mr. Smarty Plants says
Groundcover for erosion control
September 23, 2008
I live in southern california. What is the best groundcover to plant on a slope to prevent erosion?
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright
Bibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Eriogonum fasciculatum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Eriogonum fasciculatum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Eriogonum fasciculatum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff