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Eriogonum rosense

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Eriogonum rosense

Species Name: Eriogonum rosense
Common Name: Mount Rose or Rosy buckwheat

A high-elevation buckwheat. This is a small perennial herb which forms mats up to about 20 centimeters wide on dry, rocky mountain slopes. It produces clumps of glandular, coarsely woolly leaves, each about a centimeter long and erects inflorescences on naked, woolly stalks. The flower clusters are generally rounded and the flowers are bright yellow to red-streaked orange.

Plant Family: Polygonaceae
Plant Type: Upright stalks from a mat
Height by Width: 8 in. H x 8 in. W
Growth Habit: Creates mats
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 12,000'
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: Yellow to red-streaked orange.
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Southern High Cascade Range (Lassen Peak), n&c High Sierra Nevada, n East of Sierra Nevada . Also found outside California in Western Nevada.
Natural Habitat: Uncommon. Dry granite or volcanic outcrops between 7000 and 12000 feet

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