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Common Name: Sulfur Buckwheat

Scientific Name: Eriogonum umbellatum

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:

~Restoration of Western Rangeland

Height: 6-18 inches

Colors: Bright Yellow Flowers

Flowering Season: Summer

Soil Types: Well-drained, medium textures

Tolerances: Saline

Sun or Shade: Full sun, partial shade

Minimum Precipitation: 8 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 8-10 lbs/acre

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 210,000

Optimal Planting Season: Spring or fall

Planting Depth: 1/4 in.



Sulfur Buckwheat is a variable forb/sub-shrub species that is widely spread throughout the western United States. It forms a mat of foliage that blooms in the summer with umbel-clusters of usually bright yellow flowers. Sulfur Buckwheat is adapted to a wide range of elevations from foothills to sub-alpine environments. It is usually found on rocky flats or slopes with well-drained medium texture soils, and it is tolerant of full-sun or partial-shade. This species is drought-tolerant with low water use requirements.

Sulfur Buckwheat is a valuable species for wildlife habitat, providing food and attracting insects for many species including sage grouse. Additionally, it is an attractive plant for low water use landscaping, making it a popular option for ornamental use. Due to its adaptability and low water requirements, Sulfur Buckwheat is also a valuable species for the restoration of western rangelands.



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Photo Credit: Debbie Ballentine and Robb Hannawacker

Sulfur Buckwheat


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