Why I Garden #25

Sulphurflower Buckwheat in bloom

Here's another small but hardy perennial native growing in our front yard. You won't find Sulphur-flower Buckwheat in your morning pancakes (the food crop Buckwheat is another genus) but it is native to the western U.S. While it's not indigenous to New Mexico several varieties grow in Arizona, Utah and Colorado. The little plant in our front yard decided this was a good year to display it's namesake blooms.

More Info:

Wikipedia - Sulphurflower Buckwheat, Eriogonum umbellatum

USDA PLANTS Profile - Eriogonum umbellatum Torr. Sulphur-flower Buckwheat

Wikipedia - Crop Buckwheat (Genus: Fagopyrum)