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Eriogonum racemosum (Redroot buckwheat)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Eriogonum racemosum

Eriogonum racemosum Nutt.

Redroot Buckwheat, Red-root Wild Buckwheat

Polygonaceae (Buckwheat Family)


USDA Symbol: ERRA3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Red-root wild buckwheat is a compact, few-branched perennial with oblong, basal leaves and slender, 6-12 in. flowering stems terminated by racemes of white to pink, tubular flowers.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AZ , CO , NM , NV , UT
Native Distribution: Inyo Co., CA to CO, s. to NM
Native Habitat: Pinyon woodlands; dry, rocky slopes; 5000-9000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Drought tolerant.

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: 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

Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2017-08-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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