Eastern Mojave Buckwheat
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Low rounded evergreen shrub (some say herbaceous perennial), variable in appearance, from compact to wide spreading (branches to 90 cm). Leaves simple, alternate, 5-15 mm long, in tufts or clusters on branchlets, more or less lanceolate (linear), green above, wooly-white below, margin inrolled (reflexed). Flowers may be white, cream, yellow or pink, about 3 mm wide, borne in terminal loosely arranged clusters; blooms from late spring to early fall.
- Sun, best in well-drained, loose, gravely soil. Flowers attract butterflies and birds eat the seeds.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 7 Native range extends from California, Utah and Arizona in the north to northern Mexico and Baja California in the south.
- fasciculatum: clustered or grouped together in bundles, presumably the flowers
- Oregon State Univ. campus: on the bank north of the East Greenhouse