Red buckwheat

Eriogonum grande var. rubescens


Red buckwheat is one of the most attractive of our California native buckwheats. This variety comes from parts of San Miguel and Santa Cruz Islands, has a clumping habit and produces rose-pink flowers that ascend on 18-24 in. tall above attractive pale green foliage.

Red buckwheat is recommended for bank and border plantings in combination with other California drought-tolerant perennials and wildflowers. It contributes to a garden’s interest with its elegant flowering and attraction to butterflies. This variety needs well-drained soils and low amounts of summer water; it is often a short-lived plant, lasting 3-5 years.

Plant Type: Perennial, Native
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Mounding, Compact
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Pale green
Flower Color: Red, Pink
Flower Season: Summer
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Clay, Calcareous soil
Exposure Adaptations: Heat, Drought, Coastal salt air, All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Slopes, Banks, Attracts butterflies, Small spaces
Height: 1 ft. – 3 ft. (with flowers)
Width: 2 ft. – 3 ft.