Wright's Buckwheat


Scientific Name: Eriogonum wrightii

Common Name:Wright Buckwheat
Also Called: Bastardsage, Shrubby Buckwheat, Wright's Buckwheat
Family: Polygonaceae, Buckwheat Family
Duration: Perennial

Size: 2 or 3 feet tall and about as wide.

Growth Form:Forb/herb; shrub, subshrub; stems spreading to erect.
Leaves: leaves on stems (cauline) or clustered on lower stems, leaf shape variable, linear to elliptical, upper and lower leaves tomentose.
Flower Color: White, pink or rose; sepals and petals collectively referred to as a perianth, glabrous to densely woolly; fruit smooth (glabrous).
Flowering Season: June to October

Elevation: 3,000 to 7,000 feet;

Comments:Various species of Eriogonum play host to the larvae (caterpillar) of several butterflies including the Mormon Metalmark butterfly (Apodemia mormo), the Rocky Mountain dotted-blue (Euphilotes ancilla) and the Lupine Blue (Aricia lupini)