Eriogonum ursinum

Bear Valley buckwheat

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Well-draining
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 1' X 2'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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Bear Valley buckwheat is native to the northern Sierra Nevada and the Cascades. It is very low growing, reaching a height of just a few inches, It spreads to form a wide dense mat over time. The leaves are similar to those of the 'Shasta Sulfur' buckwheat: oblong and lance shaped with an olive green hue. The flowers vary from white to cream to yellow and are held above the foliage on long naked stocks. Like all buckwheats, Bear Valley buckwheat is a favorite with pollinators. Bear Valley buckwheat prefers sun to partial shade and well-draining soil.


Deer Resistant: 
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Deciduous