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.