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Eriogonum niveum

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Eriogonum niveum

Snow Buckwheat

Community: Desert

Brief Description

Striking white blooms over silver-leafed perennial.

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  • Low Silvery Foliage
  • Luminous White Blossoms
  • Low Water Needs
  • Rust Fall Color

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Plant Description and Details

Snow Buckwheat blooms in August, standing out from the muted grays and browns of its native habitat and dressed likea late summer bride. Blossoms later turn rusty red. The low basal leaves stay close to the ground at about 6 inches while the flower stems branch and become a full, rounded clump 18 inches tall.

Common Names Snow Buckwheat
Community Desert
Annual Water Needs Less than 10 inches
Drought Tolerant Yes
Native Range Slopes, hillsides, sagebrush deserts, ponderosa forests, Pacific Northwest east of the Cascades.
Native States ID, OR, WA
Hardiness Down to Zone 4
Exposure Sun
Soil Preference Well Drained
Placement Perennial beds, sagebrush scapes, hillsides, naturalized areas, sandy areas.
Mature Height 1 - 2 ft.
Mature Width 10 in.
Group Spacing 1 - 2 ft.
Blossom Color White
Blooms Midsummer-Frost
Maintenance Tips Cut stems back to leaves in late winter.
Wildlife Butterflies, Pollinators
Wildlife Notes Provides late season food for bees and other pollinators.
Plants Symbol ERNI2
Family Name Polygonaceae
Lewis & Clark No

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