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Plants that Attract Butterflies, A Gallery of Paintings by Albert Valentien

Painting of Eriogonum fasciculatum, by Albert Valentien

Eriogonum fasciculatum (California Buckwheat)
Painted by Albert Valentien
© San Diego Natural History Museum

Eriogonum fasciculatum

Eriogonum fasciculatum or California Buckwheat is a leafy, perennial shrub, common in openings in chaparral and coastal sage scrub, on dry slopes and in canyons. The clusters of flowers have a whitish or pinkish hue, then turn a deep mahogany after drying. Eriogonum, a member of the Polygonaceae or Buckwheat family, is an important plant for bees as well as for butterflies, and is relatively easy to grow in soils with good drainage. Behr's Metalmark butterflies use Eriogonum fasciculatum as their host plant.

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Text by Margaret Dykens