Cliff buckwheat

Eriogonum parvifolium


Cliff buckwheat is a small evergreen shrub growing to 2 ft. tall and 3 ft. wide. It naturally occurs along the coastal buffs and foothills in sunny exposures in the sage scrub and chaparral plant communities. During early spring, this species produces an intensive display of light pink flowers that cover the plant in a highly attractive manner. These flowers mature to various shades of brown with longer days and with more sun and heat of spring and summer that results in depleted soil moisture.

This species offers great usefulness on slopes, in native gardens, for birds and butterflies. It provides a long season of flower and seed head interest and brings attention to a group of plants that is often overlooked. It grows well in full sun, with good drainage and low amounts of supplemental water during the summer in all parts of the Inland Empire.

Plant Type: Shrub
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Mounding, Compact
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Pale green
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Sand, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Heat, Drought, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Slopes, Rock gardens, Raised planters, Hummingbird plant, Grouped, Flowering accent plant, Container plant, California native, Borders, Banks, Attracts butterflies, Small spaces
Height: 2 ft.
Width: 3 ft.