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cushion buckwheat

Eriogonum ovalifolium

Water:
Light:
Habit:
Height:
Bloom color:
Bloom time:
low
full sun
cushion
2 - 8"
cream - light red
spring - early summer

Photo credit: 

E. Conrad

Cushion community habitat
Cushion community habitat

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Cushion buckwheat in a garden environment
Cushion buckwheat in a garden environment

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Cushion community habitat
Cushion community habitat

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Cushion buckwheat is the quintessential cushion plant (hence the name), forming a tidy lump of foliage that helps it conserve water in extremely cold, dry and windy conditions. The silver paddle-shaped foliage gives rise to popcorn-ball shaped flower heads on slender stalks in early summer. The flowers range from white to light red, and are an interesting addition to a sunny rock garden. The only thing cushion buckwheat will not tolerate is soggy soil, so plant it on a slope if that is a concern.