Monday, August 23, 2010

Eriogonum grande var Rubescens

Not many California natives reward the gardener with so many richly colored flowers. But Red Buckwheat delivers! The caterpillars of Blues feed on this plant. It likes lots of sun and little water. Also, it needs good drainage. Adding pumice to the normal Berkeley clay will help make this plant successful. Blooming now at the UC Botanical Garden.


ma smalls said...

And blooming like crazy right now in my back yard. August is cruel but the Eriogonum is keeping it happy back there.

Caterpillarlady said...

You have enough drainage in your yard to grow buckwheat? I am jealous! I have killed so many of them with my clay soil.