Cushion Buckwheat
(Oval-Leaf Buckwheat)

Genus Eriogonum
Buckwheat Family (Polygonaceae)

Cushion Buckwheat near the Burr Trail road
-- Garfield County, Utah

Cushion Buckwheat
(Oval-Leaf Buckwheat)
(Eriogonum ovalifolium)

Small oval-shaped leaves grow at the base of this plant, forming a cushion which is easy to recognize even when the flowers are not in bloom.

The flowers (many of them, in ball-shaped clumps) grow at the tops of leafless stalks. The flower color can vary from white to pink or purple -- usually white tinged with pink.

Capitol Reef National Park
Garfield County, Utah


by Sandra Bray