Genus Eriogonum
Buckwheat Family (Polygonaceae)

Sulfur Flowered Buckwheat
Eriogonum umbellatum

The Sulfur-Flowered Buckwheat and the Creamy Buckwheat grow on the dry hillsides and rocky ledges in our mountains. They are low growing -- only about a foot tall or less. They have a rosette of basal leaves, with the flowers occurring in clumps at the tops of leafless stalks.

Several species of the Buckwheat genus (Eriogonum) share these characteristics, but many other species which botanists have placed in the same genus look very much unlike these.

View photos of some other members of the Eriogonum genus:
  Cushion Buckwheat (Eriogonum ovalifolium)
  Desert Trumpet (Eriogonum inflatum)
  Skeleton Weed (Eriogonum cernuum)
  Fremont's Buckwheat (Eriogonum corymbosum)
  Redroot Buckwheat (Eriogonum racemosum)

Creamy Buckwheat
Eriogonum heracleoides


Albion Basin
Wasatch Mountains
Salt Lake County, Utah


by Sandra Bray