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Eriogonum douglasii
Douglas's buckwheat

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington, chiefly in the central region; Washington to California, east to Idaho and Nevada.

Habitat: Sagebrush or juniper flats to ponderosa pine forests, often on lithosol.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, flies, butterflies, beetles, wasps


Low, matted subshrubs 5 to 15 cm. in height.


Numerous, linear to linear-spatulate, 5 to 20 mm. long, gray- or white-woolly on both surfaces, especially the lower.


Flowering stems 5-10 cm. long, with a whorl of bracts at mid-length, and generally a single, terminal cup-shaped involucre of 6-10 oblong, white-wooly lobes about 3 mm. long. Flower buds blood-red, opening to cream-colored or slightly pinkish or yellowish tepals, 6-8 mm. long with a stipe-like base 1-2 mm. long

Identification Notes:

Separate from the similar Eriogonum thymoides by the involucre lobes; E. thymoides has erect lobes, E. douglasii, reflexed to spreading lobes.

Accepted Name:
Eriogonum douglasii Benth.
Publication: Prodr. 14: 9. 1856.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Eriogonum douglasii in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Eriogonum douglasii checklist entry

OregonFlora: Eriogonum douglasii information

E-Flora BC: Eriogonum douglasii atlas page

CalPhotos: Eriogonum douglasii photos

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