Botanical Name: Eriogonum fasciculatum polifolium
Common Name: Arizona Flattop Buckwheat  
Plant photo of: Eriogonum fasciculatum polifolium
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Shrub, Ground cover


Height Range

Under 1', 1-3'


Flower Color

Pink, White


Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Dark Green, Grey, White


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low, Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Mediterranean, Ranch, Wild Garden


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Foundation, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Cut Flowers, Erosion Control, Filler, Mass Planting, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Butterflies

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  • Description

  • Notes

Flattop buckwheat is a clumping, grass-like plant that grows to 3' tall by 4' wide. White to pink flowers appear in dense, flattened clusters throughout the summer. Plants are tolerant of drought and heat. It is adaptable to most soil conditions but prefers a coarse, well drained site in full sun. It has a naturally low, rounded form. Leaves are dark and gray green with white woolly undersides. This is a highly combustible plant.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halfway with native soil and water. 5. Finish back filling hole, build basin and water.