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Eriogonum wrightii

Wright’s Buckwheat
Polygonaceae
Perennials, Shrubs

ERIOGONUM

Individual blossoms are tiny but grow in long-stemmed or branched clusters—usually domed, flattish, or ball-like. Flowers age to an attractive tan or reddish brown and persist for a long time; good in dried arrangements. Flowers attract butterflies; birds enjoy the seeds. Grow best in well-drained, loose, gravelly soil. Useful for covering dry banks, massing among rocks; smaller forms make good specimens in rock gardens.

Eriogonum wrightii

Widely distributed species native from eastern and Southern California to western Texas and northern Mexico. Selections from higher elevations and the northern part of the range take more cold. Wandlike stems form a mound 1 1/2 ft. high by 2 ft. wide. Silvery green, felted leaves, 1/2 in. long and 1/4 in. wide, narrow to a point. Tiny white or pinkish flowers appear in clusters along stalks from midsummer through fall.

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