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Common name: Wyeth Buckwheat
Scientific name: Eriogonum heracleoides
Duration: Perennial
Family: Polygonaceae
Habitat: Rocky, open dry sites
Blooming period: Midsummer
Color: Cream
Height: 12-18
Planting Time: Fall/Winter; 90-days stratification required

Blooms in early to mid summer. Attracts butterflies, bees, insects, and birds and is the host plant for several Palouse butterflies.
Cream-colored flowers in umbrella-shaped arrangements. Flowers may have a pink hue, and when dried turn a dark pink or rust color. The dried flowers hold their color well. Leaves are grayish-green. Great rock garden ground cover.

Seeding Requirements: Plant seed out in fall. These seeds need 90 days of cold moist conditions to germinate.

Planting Instructions: Sow seeds directly in the ground or in pots at 1/8" in late fall as these seeds require 90 days of cold moist conditions for successful germination. Seeds will sprout in the spring!

Maintain a moist seed bed in the spring; gradually reducing watering following the first year of establishment.

Seeds per pound: 146,000

Seeding Rate: 1 oz./125 sq.ft.

Eriogonum, from the Greek erion meaning "wool" and gonu meaing "joint or knee". This refers to the hairy or woolly joints that some plants in the genus display.

heracleoides, named for Hercules either because he may have used it first as a medicine or because his great strength and stature relates to the large size of some of these species.

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