Common Name(s): Dune Buckwheat, Coast Buckwheat, Cliff Buckwheat, Seacliff Buckwheat
Scientific Name: Eriogonum parvifolium
Family: Buckwheat Family- Polygonaceae
Plant Type: Dicot
Size: 1-2′ tall, sprawls to 4′ wide
Appearance: This evergreen plant has small but thick rounded leaves that are sometimes folder under, giving it a triangular appearance. Foliage is green with a reddish tinge and its’ flowers are white to pinkish or yellowish-green.
This shrub is drought resistant, thrives in full sunlight and flowers in the spring.
The honey produced by bees that feed on Buckwheat nectar is among the most delicious and strongly flavored honey varieties, and is the color of deep purple.
Dune Buckwheat is endemic to California and grows in the coastal areas of the central and southern parts of the state. It is an important host and nectar plants for butterflies and moths, and a bonanza for bees and other pollinators looking for food. Because of the plants host relationship to so many insects, it has been the subject of numerous restoration programs throughout California.