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Wright Buckwheat, Wright Eriogonum, Wright Wild Buckwheat, Desert Buckwheat, Perennial Buckwheat
Eriogonum wrightii


Wright buckwheat is a small, neat, mounded plant that has slender stems with silvery leaves covered with dense, whitish hairs on the lower half and clusters of white to pale pink flowers along wiry stems above. The seed heads often dry to shades of rust red and persist into winter. It grows on gravelly slopes and rocky hillsides from El Paso County east to Brewster County in the Trans-Pecos. A good ground cover in dry rocky soil, Wright buckwheat does best in full sun, well-drained soil and little water. It is cold hardy to near 0 degrees F. and is drought tolerant once established. It is sometimes described as a perennial sub-shrub with a woody base.

Plant Habit or Use: groundcover
small shrub

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: white to pale pink

Blooming Period: summer

Fruit Characteristics: achene

Height: to 1 1/2 feet

Width: to 2 feet

Plant Character: herbaceous perennial

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 6

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