Desert Trumpet

Genus Eriogonum
Buckwheat Family (Polygonaceae)

Desert Trumpet growing on roadside

Desert Trumpet
(Eriogonum inflatum)

The genus Eriogonum contains hundreds of different species, many of which look completely unlike each other. One of the most distinctive and unusual of these is the Desert Trumpet.

Its stalks grow about two feet tall, from a clump of basal leaves. The flowers are tiny, but the swollen (inflated) stems are conspicuous even after they have dried out. They often remain standing for over a year, until after the new stalks come up beside the old ones.

Capitol Reef National Park
Wayne County, Utah


by Sandra Bray