Native plant profile: Shasta sulfur buckwheat
Last updated 5/29/2008 at Noon
Among the many diverse forms of the California buckwheat genus is a high-elevation groundcover plant called sulfur buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum polyanthum).
This species is actually in an active state of speciation and many different forms – flat to a few feet high, more yellow, more orange – can be found all on the same high craggy peak. This is especially true of the Trinity Mountains in coastal Northern California.
Shasta sulfur buckwheat, as the name suggests, is selected from Shasta Mountain and is an especially beautiful form of this species. Compact and tightly mounding, thi...