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sulphur buckwheat

Eriogonum umbellatum

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Bloom time:
low
full sun - part shade
mat-forming
6 - 24"
white - light red
summer

Photo credit: 

E. Conrad

Fresh flowers are creamy white to slightly yellow with an interesting popcorn ball shape
Fresh flowers are creamy white to slightly yellow with an interesting popcorn ball shape

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Flowers turn salmon-pink as they age
Flowers turn salmon-pink as they age

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

dark green leaves with silvery undersides form dense mats - good slope stabilizers
dark green leaves with silvery undersides form dense mats - good slope stabilizers

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Fresh flowers are creamy white to slightly yellow with an interesting popcorn ball shape
Fresh flowers are creamy white to slightly yellow with an interesting popcorn ball shape

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Sulphur buckwheat is a woefully underused plant in landscaping. It fills multiple niches, including groundcover, showy flowering specimen, and pollinator resource. Tightly-knit green and red leaves with silver undersides stabilize small slopes while showy cream to salmon flower heads tower above. This species colonizes dry grasslands, meadows, and even shady dry forest (particularly under pine trees) so finding a spot for one (or more) shouldn't be challenging.