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.