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Eriogonum douglasii (Douglas' buckwheat)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Eriogonum douglasii

Eriogonum douglasii Benth.

Douglas' Buckwheat

Polygonaceae (Buckwheat Family)

Synonym(s): Eriogonum douglasii var. meridionale


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Dense-matted and shrubby, this plant is rarely over 4 in. high. Typically the flower stems bear a whorl of leaves near the middle. These and the basal leaves are woolly on the lower side, sometimes on the upper surface too. Generally leaves are linear, becoming smaller up the stem. Tubular flowers occur in tight, round clusters and are white to lemon-yellow to pinkish.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Notes: Up to about 6 inches tall when flowering.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: CA , ID , NV , OR , WA
Native Distribution: E. of the Cascades from c. WA to the CA Sierras, e. to w. ID & w. NV
Native Habitat: Sagebrush or juniper flats; ponderosa pine woods; desert hillsides

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, well-drained soils.

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.


Description: 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

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

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

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Eriogonum douglasii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Eriogonum douglasii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Eriogonum douglasii


Record Modified: 2023-02-09
Research By: TWC Staff

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