General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 12 to 24 inches
Plant Spread: 12 to 18 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Pubescent on both upper and lower surface.
Fruit: Other: Small, light to dark brown achenes.
Flowers: Showy
Other: Flowers have a light "cheesy" smell.
Flower Color: White
Other: Creamy-white, often tinged with yellow, red, or rose-pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Caudex
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Alpine Gardening
Uses: Erosion control
Medicinal Herb
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Suitable for wintersowing
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Goes Dormant

Common names
  • Parsnipflower Buckwheat
  • Parsnip-Flowered Buckwheat
  • Wyeth's Buckwheat
  • Whorled Buckwheat
  • Creamy Buckwheat
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Eriogonum heracleoides
  • Synonym: Eriogonum heracleoides var. heracleoides

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