Botanical Name: Eriogonum fasciculatum polifolium
Common Name: Flattop Buckwheat  
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California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Shrub, Ground cover


Height Range

Under 1', 1-3'


Flower Color

Pink, White


Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Dark Green, Grey, White


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low, Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Mediterranean, Ranch, Wild Garden


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Foundation, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Cut Flowers, Erosion Control, Filler, Mass Planting, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Butterflies

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  • Description

  • Notes

Flattop buckwheat is a clumping, grass-like plant that grows to 3' tall by 4' wide. White to pink flowers appear in dense flattened clusters throught the summer. Plants are tolerant of drought and heat. Native on dry rocky slopes 1-4500' across SW. Adaptable to most soil conditions prefers coarse well drained site in full sun. Has a naturally low rounded form. Leaves are dark gray green above white wooly under.
Dig hole, insert plant slightly higher than soil grade. Disturb root ball very little. No amendments, just native soil. No fertilizers. Backfill the hole .Water lavishly. Mulch top of soil around plant in a 4' diameter circle. - Bert Wilson Las Pilitas