AZ Arboretums

Eriogonum fasciculatum var. polifolium

Mojave buckwheat

Common:Flattop buckwheat, Mojave buckwheat, Eastern Mojave buckwheat, Desert wild buckwheat
Family: Polygonaceae
Origin: Southern California, Utah, Arizona, at 1000 to 4500 feet elevation (300-1300 m)
Light: Full sun
Little to moderate water in Phoenix, no to little water elsewhere. Needs well drained sandy or gravelly soil.

Perennial shrub, up to 3 feet tall (90 cm), 4 feet spread (1.2 m); small dark green leaves with wooly undersides. Pinkish or white flowers, i flattened clusters, in summer.

Very common and abundant on dry slopes of chaparral and coastal sage scrub, buckwheat blooms throughout much of the year, but primarily from May to November.  It is related to the commercial buckwheat that produces flour, but this species would not be especially useful for that purpose.  It is however utilized by bees for making a very nice honey.

When the shrub is becoming to leggy, it needs to be replaced.